Striped Rugs Lay It on the Line

There’s a reason you see a lot of guys wearing striped tops and pin-striped suits: Stripes are a timeless pattern. And they are not only sartorially chic; striped patterns are a great choice for the home as well. They are a particularly nice choice for area rugs and carpets, which may be a major investment.

A striped rug is frequently a sensible choice. A patterned rug is obviously better at concealing stains compared to a solid-hued carpeting. Plus, a striped rug will match with a number of other patterns and will still be in fashion a few years from now. Stripes may also be used to draw attention to or away from elements you wish to highlight or hide in a space.

Stylewise, stripes underfoot can be a bold selection or a subtle one: Broad bands of white and black make a statement, while subtle tone-on-tone stripes blend into the background. Have a look at these 13 rooms to get a dose of striped-rug inspiration. Perhaps you’ll come across this perennially fashionable layout is just right for your house.

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A white and black rug is a powerful choice in this nautically inspired room. This striped version is comparable to Madeline Weinrib’s Black Buche carpets and Ikea’s Stockholm Rand rug.

SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

In this enchanting cabin, Steve Schappacher and Rhea White added some picture appeal to the usual beach-house aesthetic with a black and white palette and ample usage of stripes.


Set against a dark stained hardwood flooring, this blue and cream coloured rug defines the dining area of an open-plan kitchen and dining space. Coupled with aluminum Navy chairs and a rustic farm dining table, the look is country contemporary.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

The subtle cream and tan runners lead the eye through the transitional space enclosing the staircase in this house by Richard Bubnowski Design.


Bright, bold stripes enliven a upper stairwell within this house by Vanillawood. You may easily create a similar look in an unusual space with carpet tiles in Flor.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

All colors of whites and blues match within this living room by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design. The Dash & Albert rug acts as a canvas on which the designer has put many other striped fabrics.

Scot Meacham Wood Design

Striped rugs aren’t only for inside your home. With a weather-resistant outdoor area rug, you may enjoy a pinch of pattern in your patio as well.

Schranghamer Design Group, LLC

An attic space becomes an airy escape when painted white and accented with calming blues. This white and blue rug is a mild, soft covering for the floor.

Studio Marcelo Brito

A striped floor covering is also a energetic choice in this den. The pattern of these stripes echoes the wall therapy, which resembles the exterior siding of a beachfront cottage.

Patrick Sutton Associates

A barely there stripe is a calming choice within this airy bedroom. The subtle layout enhances the space without drawing attention away from showcase beams like the floating vessel and wall-hung oars.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Section of Tobi Fairley’s layout for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s designer show house, this unassuming hallway readily becomes a focal point with its own striped rug and red accents.

Palmerston Design Consultants

You may also stripe right up the stairs using a vibrant runner.


Putting a striped rug within this low-ceiling room gives the illusion of more space by drawing the eyes outward, rather than around the narrow eaves overhead.

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Designer Sketch: Lea Hein

Lea Hein’s carrot bud made the cut of pupil work showcased at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February 2012. This year’s subject was “grow,” and also the design challenge was to locate unexpected and creative ways to attract vegetable growing into homes.

“I had to make something for indoor climbing, something which will help urban dwellers find a way to produce indoor gardens,” says Hein, a pupil at the Steneby craft and style school at Gothenburg University in Sweden. “The veggie pot was what I came up with. “It is made from honest materials but remains visually attractive.”

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What’s the most exciting thing you are working on today?
The veggie pot, together with Daniel Eidhagen and Kristoffer Nolgren, the Swedish guys behind the Massive window-farm screen at Kulturhuset. The window farm was a really inspiring project that utilized a hydroponic technique. I felt like I always wanted to do something similar, to spread the word to people in town about constructing an urban garden. But, I did not like how plastic bottles were utilized in the window farm, therefore in coming up with the carrot, I conceptualized something which utilized trustworthy stuff but was nevertheless appealing.

My end goal is to earn the veggie baskets readily available for purchase, but we must find a company that can actually produce the pieces and refine the parts a bit more.

When did you know that you wanted to design furniture and products?
I’ve always seen the craft [of furniture layout] as a very important skill. When I knew I wanted to go on this course, I studied cabinetmaking for nearly 3 years before I even entered Stenebyskolans’ furniture layout program at Gothenburg University.

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Which famous furniture designer would you wish to work with?
I’d have loved to work with Finn Juhl. I’m very inspired, as I am by a lot of Danish architects and designers, by his understanding of the craft and his
profound comprehension of aesthetics.

What inspires your designs?
My layout is frequently inspired by a form. I guess you can say that I work a bit opposite from the idea that form follows function. I get my inspiration largely in art, nature and geometrics. I have worked a bit with images, and folks tell me that they view the picture changes in my work.

Where is your go-to location for inspiration?
That I love going to flea markets. You can see so many interesting and fun things there.

Where on earth do you wish to go next?
I want to visit Alaska, to get lost in character for a bit.

Can you still draw, or is everything on the pc today?
In the start of a project I always draw freehand. I carry my sketchbook with me. However, the clearer my idea gets, the more I use the 3D drawing apps. To current goods, I always use rendered images.

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Nelson Swag Leg Desk – $1,849

Who is one of your favorite artists?
A Norwegian artist, Magnus Pettersen.

The most significant thing on your desk is …
A glass of red wine.

What’s your favorite traditional furniture piece?
The Nelson Swag Leg Desk.

If you could change 1 thing about furniture layout, it might be …
To mandate that everybody read and use the cradle-to-cradle strategy. Basically, cradle to cradle is a way of honoring our world at the design and manufacturing process, but it can be applied to social systems and businesses outside style.

What’s your favorite new website?
Produced in School

What’s your favorite up-and-coming design company?
We Do Wood at Denmark. Henrik Thygesen and Sebastian Jørgensen are all cabinetmakers and furniture designers who share my style philosophy: design and sustainability principles really ought to go hand in hand. We Do Wood creates honest and simple layout.

Your ideal client is …
A customer who appreciates quality and cares for your environment. It is really important for me to not mistreat the world once I really do product/furniture design. This usually implies that the price of my furniture pieces might be a bit bigger, as you cannot compromise quality in sustainable materials. But if you care about sustainability, you will probably be inclined to pay a bit more.

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Uncramp Your Small Bathroom

When you think about your toilet, do phrases such as”itsy-bitsy,””minuscule” and”claustrophobic” pop into your head? Or maybe you’re going to add a new toilet with limited square footage. Unsure how to fit everything you want into the space? Not to worry. This ideabook will explain to you how to get the most out of whatever room you do have.

K2 Design Group, Inc..

1. Claim as much space as possible. Creating markets is a great way to use space you may not even know you have. Inside your walls are claws, and they are usually 16 inches apart, while the depth of the stud plus the drywall on the very front of it gives you a little over 4 inches in depth. If that is an inside wall that does not have insulation or pipes running through it, that’s space you may utilize.

This very long market next to the vanity envisioned here has glass shelves and light on very top. It provides a convenient place to get a towel or toiletries, and it looks amazing at precisely the exact same moment.

Hint: When utilizing open storage like this, move toiletries out of their ho-hum, mishmash plastic bottles and to decorative containers. It will instantly make the room feel much less cluttered and more stylish.

Downey Robbins Szafarz Architects Inc..

Alright, I know this is a huge toilet, but large bathrooms frequently offer ideas that work in more compact spaces too. The towel market next to the shower here would work really well in a tiny toilet, because towel bars normally protrude 4 inches in the wall and can stop doors from opening all the way. This type of market gives you extra storage without taking up space, and it frames the towels so they look neat and clean, even if hanging on a hook.

Mostert Architecture

Reflected in this mirror is another towel market. This one needed to be framed out since it’s wider than the space between the studs. Nonetheless, it gives room to store full sets of towels and washcloths. If you look carefully, you’ll realize that the toilet door opens onto this wall. There could have been no space to hang a towel bar with no interfering with fully opening the doorway.

Hint: Using white towels in this bathroom gives a minimalist, soothing look. You don’t need to go totally monochromatic, however a minimalist colour scheme will help to maintain a small bathroom from appearing busy.

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A very low privacy wall is another spot where a market can be set up. In this case it happens to provide a spot for soap next to a pedestal sink. Another market below that you on the other hand could hold extra toilet paper.

Lizette Marie Interior Design

If you’re seriously interested in gaining some space, then look at taking your shower market to the extreme in proportion. The black band into the left is a market that runs the entire length of the wall. This is a very custom approach to go and entails framing out that space, so it raises the expense of making this shower. But wow! You’d have space to put whatever you need in the shower or bath.

Michael Tauber Architecture

If you place shelves in your niche, then you can go the intense vertically rather than horizontally. This is a little more affordable option when it comes to the job of constructing the wall.

2. Entrance door space. This bathroom has a pocket door that takes up zero space in the room. And what I particularly love about this pocket door is that it’s amazing and includes a handle that’s easy to contact. Most pocket doors have a little, circular depression to hold so it may slide all the way within the wall. If you can make your pocket door opening a little wider, then you can spare a couple inches to get a skinny, vertical handle like this.

Whitten Architects

Notice that in this toilet, if the door was a swinging type, it would bang into the bathtub. The pocket door was an ideal solution here.

Mark Brand Architecture

Pocket doors slide inside the wall, whilst barn door hardware allows you slip a door across the exterior of a wall. There are times that you have wall space at which you could slip a doorway, however there are plumbing or electrical inside the wall that would be hard to reroute. A garage door– fashion slider may then be a good option for you.

Using a translucent material is a excellent way to permit extra light to the space and provide privacy. Additionally, it is a great fashion statement in this house.

dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

Bifold doors are a choice you don’t see quite often. If folks think about those, they usually envision those louvered ones hiding laundry facilities. But these gorgeous wood and frosted-glass bifold doors are a great way to minimize the space taken by means of a door that swings its full width into a space. These take half the space when folded.

Kerrie L. Kelly

If your toilet door swings inward and also a pocket door isn’t an option, consider turning it about so that it opens away from the space. Yes, it will require some work on the framing around the doorway, but it may be well worth it to not need to attempt to scoot round the door when it’s open and taking up space in your room. You also may have to open your door using a little more caution to prevent whacking someone coming down the hall — but this may be an acceptable trade-off whenever you’re desperate to get a little extra room.

Hint: Permit your doorway do double duty as a message centre or a full size mirror. If household members get ready at different times of the morning, this is the ideal spot for everyone to post messages. If you want a full size mirror and don’t have wall space for one, then placing a mirror on the door also is a great idea.

CWB Architects

3. Believe”wall mounted” to create good use of space. The tank of a wall-mounted toilet is within the wall behind it, so it uses the depth of the wall to reduce how far it protrudes to the space. For the carrier inside the wall, it is possible to get one that fits right into a wall using 2-by-6-inch studs or one that recesses to a wall using standard 2-by-4 studs.

I am not a contractor, but generally speaking, exterior walls have 6-inch studs and inside walls have 4-inch studs. Once in awhile you may have things already within the wall that would be problematic to reroute, so installing your wall-hung toilet shining into the wall may not be perfect for you. But consider building out a section of wall specifically to house the carrier system. Although it won’t reduce how far the toilet protrudes into the space, it is possible to create storage above it for a seamless look that’s highly functional.

Capturing all that storage space above the carrier system certainly costs far more than installing a cupboard on stilts that straddles your toilet tank, but it seems so much nicer.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

This is yet another toilet with precisely the same notion of utilizing that space that would normally not be fully utilized above a toilet tank. It is a really clean-lined and uncluttered look.

Product Bureau LLC

A wall-mounted vanity will provide you some undersink storage whilst visually opening your toilet space, because you can see the floor all the way back. If storage isn’t such a huge issue, but the sensation of being crowded is what is bothering you in your small bathroom, this remedy is still better than a base sink because of the storage space. And it isn’t any tougher than hanging wall cabinets in the kitchen.

The Sky is the Limit Design

These little wall-mounted sinks also have the advantage of utilizing corner space. Corners are often wasted space in a small toilet, and these are a great way to utilize that space.

Birdseye Design

A custom wall-mounted organizer next to the toilet keeps items handy and off the ground. I like this better than baskets and magazine holders on the ground around a toilet.

Helios Design Group

4. Have a page out of kitchen-cabinet efficiency. The cabinets on each side of this shower are roll-out cabinets. We frequently find this kind of item in kitchen pantry cabinets, where a roll-out organizer allows you reach things saved in the back of a deep cupboard. With no roll-out feature, the complete depth on each side of this shower wouldn’t be simple to access.

Toe-kick drawers eke out a little more space in this toilet.

De Meza + Architecture

Cabinets beneath the sink are frequently completely wasted space since they are only an empty box; once things go in, you can’t see anything in the trunk. Installing drawers beneath the sink maximizes every cubic inch of space. These drawers are U-shaped to slip round the pipes beneath the sink.

Filmore Clark

5. Find great spots for shelving. Shelving isn’t a new idea for wall mounted storage. But is there a spot that you haven’t thought about for this shelving? How about the ending wall of a bathtub? This may not work when you have a shower-bath combo, but it is great to get a tub on its own.

Space above the door may be a bonus spot. You could also run open shelving above your vanity mirror or the complete length of just about any wall as long as it’s high enough so you won’t bang your head. Toilet paper or rolled-up towels could be stored attractively in this manner.

dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

Wherever you mount those shelves, they ought to fill the space and relate to the kind of the restroom. Adding shelving that does not quite fill the wall or link in fashion makes it look like an afterthought. Frequently, it takes having custom shelving to fully use the space and provide the space that designer look that we love.

The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn

6. Go curbless. This tiny bathroom uses many techniques to make the most of the space both visually and functionally. Creating a curbless shower space allows you to use exactly the exact same floor in an unbroken line, eliminating the chopped-up atmosphere created by means of a step upward into the shower. Click the picture to read the designer’s complete description of all the things done to create a functional bath out of 2 prior cabinets.

Haddad Hakansson Design Studio

7. Use a boat sink. The counter space of this tiny cupboard would have been completely taken up with a typical type of sink. Using a bowl-shaped vessel sink frees up nearly the entire top of this cabinet as usable counter space for toiletries. Using a wall-mounted faucet keeps the counter space free.

Synthesis Design Inc..

Vessel sinks also free up space in the cupboard below that could normally have been consumed by the sink inside. Take advantage of that space below with drawers or cabinets.

Have a great small bath? We would really like to see it. Please share your best design tip and a photograph in the Remarks section below.

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12 Colors for Night Owls

It’s a lesson straight from Color 101, but I’ve forgotten it over once: Always test paint colours in day light. A shade that looks great in bright sunlight can fade or be muddy as nighttime approaches. Fortunately, the opposite is true: Some colours reach their peak only when the evening is winding down. Check these better-by-night ideas out.

Kerrie L. Kelly

Moody and mysterious, this smoky blue color evokes the feeling of twilight. I love the controlled impact of this framed blueprint on the wall — it adds only enough picture interest without jarring the eye.

Elizabeth Dinkel

The time of day, a pale blush hue glows.

Somewhere between apricot and terracotta, this dining area becomes prettier as the sun sets. Wouldn’t it look inviting with dimmed lights and a lot of candles?


While black rooms may feel gloomy during the daytime, nighttime is a different story. Sleek, mysterious and — dare I say? — alluring, this ebony area comes alive as the day ends.

Brilliant tangerine walls exude warmth. I can only imagine how pretty this space appears in the late afternoon and early evening.

Casart Coverings

Clear pink looks great with soft light bouncing off it. And if that light hits skin, it’s universally flattering. I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t look a little more fetching in this area.

Vanni Archive/Architectural Photography

Walking into this salmon-colored entry would feel as a big, warm hug, particularly at nighttime. What a welcome!

Erika Bierman Photography

The aubergine colour on the curtain panel is sink-right-in flavorful, and it would just intensify in the day. I would extend it to all four walls for a glamorous effect.

Glenn Gissler Design

Lipstick red sizzles, regardless of what. But at nighttime time, it takes on an exotic, daring allure.

Ruth Kintzer Interior Design

Rich chocolate brown almost always looks amazing in low light. This colour, which feels like a melted Hershey bar, is especially scrumptious.

As soon as I saw this picture, my first thought was”Where’s the pub?” It seems as though it’s just waiting for a cocktail party. The deep gray-green on the walls feels intimate and cozy, and the mirrored accents help spread light around the room.

Economy Interiors

Yellow tones can perish at night if they’re too light, too green or too lemony. This is a little cluttered, with just enough brown in it to keep it warm.

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Notable Links: 5 Organizing Ideas We're Liking Now

This week we are clicking on two little space transformations with large effect, a roundup of budget-friendly decorating locates, a exceptional idea for a collection plus a sneak peek at a new line of picture porcelain pieces.

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Bathroom reno: Decorator (and humorous author ) Anna Beth Chao turned a set of tiny cabinets into the stunner of a toilet. She has graciously shared photographs and sources for all on her blog.

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Budget smart: If you are on a budget (and who isn’t?) Kirsten from 6th Street Design School pulled together a roundup of attractive items for your home which are on sale. She discovered that this adorable desk, a wonderful bedroom bench and much more, rather than a single item is over $200.

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Go for a gallery wall: Blogger Elizabeth from Little Black Door shares how to turn a forgotten corner of your home into a photo-filled gallery.

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Cool calendars: I am always fascinated with what people collect. Danni’s collection of perpetual calendars causes me to want to pick up one (or 10) of my own.

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Pretty porcelain: Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day introduced a peek in her new line of ceramic in cooperation with Ann Backlund for Rym. The various patterns were designed for mixing and matching.

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24 Beautiful Walls of Books

When my wife and I moved to our present apartment a couple of years ago, our main decision was not where the place the sofa or tv or home office or even the dining room table; it was where to set the books. Having spent in a floor-to-ceiling shelf system, the eventual location sits alongside the front door and becomes a wall of novels contrary to the sofa. While the novels have outgrown this wall and shot over different areas of the house (like any book enthusiast will concur, this always occurs ), there’s something attractive about this huge surface of novels, particularly when compared to smaller bookcases. While this ideabook attests, I’m not alone in liking walls of novels. The following examples show various ways of accommodating large numbers of publications in most areas of the house.

Griffin Enright Architects

Why a wall of novels when you can have two? Whether this room just had a wall covered with novels it would need another, given the powerful symmetry of this space with its central fireplace. 1 thing that our wall of novels shares with this particular one is that the change in spacing from large on the floor to small on the very top, so bigger books are nearer to the floor and therefore easier to deal with.

Michael Fullen Design Group

This more compact distance also offers bookshelves facing each other, however, one side is punctured by a doorway. I like the way relief is brought to the book through double-height openings that are used for artifacts, such as a world.

Chr DAUER Architects

Two walls covered in novels can also throw in a corner. This office space is not only packed with novels but designed so that the work surfaces meld with all the book storage. If going this course in your project, make sure you check the top shelves can be reached over the desk.

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

This publications in the corner of this library extend past the soffit (seen at left) to the underside of the clerestory windows that also wrap the corner; this necessitates a ladder for reaching the shelves.

Chang + Sylligardos Architects

The corner of this library is access to other chambers, however, the bookshelves on each side are still constant in design, particularly the narrow shelf roughly a third of the way up; I’m guessing it’s used for large books and papers looking to lie flat.

Webber + Studio, Architects

These shelves also utilize a very short shelf roughly half of the way up. Also, like the previous example lighting is integrated over the shelves, projecting out and pointing right down to assist in locating books and for reading them.

Tim Cuppett Architects

Two vertical walls are covered with novels in this room, separated by a large window that brings in plenty of daylight. Note how the shelves are curved in the window, a fine Art Deco touch.

Erdreich Architecture, P.C.

In the very first steps within this house, one is faced with publications, which cover a wall adjacent to the front door. The dark shelves have been emphasized with orange endings that work nicely in the sparse modern space.

Vinci | Hamp Architects

1 end of this massive living space is covered in shelves that are novels interspersed with sculptures; the former have been available to the lightly shaded wall, whereas the former includes a dark backing that helps the objects stand out.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

This wall of novels was created with an integral railing to get a rolling ladder in addition to lighting for 2 flat openings used for displaying objects. In proportion and execution the shelves are minimum yet tasteful.

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

This is just another wall of novels that incorporates bigger openings for showing objects other than novels. They are flat, vertical, and square, enabling different things to be on display.

Ian Moore Architects

This simple wall of novels with rolling ladder works nicely with the minimum design of the inside. Note how the vacant shelf space seems to trickle down from top right to bottom left, indicating that even room for future publications can be a part of an interim design.

Stern McCafferty

These shelves stand out from the last examples in the exceptionally thin edge profile and evident lack of supports.

Laidlaw Schultz architects

Here are additional shelves with a slim profile and hidden affirms; the latter are, according to the architect, included of”an upturned leg at the trunk which is bolted to the wall… [and] then hidden.”

Tom Hurt Architecture

This wall of novels is freestanding, behaving as a divider between the kitchen and living room.

The gap between these rooms looks like it’s carved out of the wall of novels, as they write a header over the opening.

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I’ve always thought that a hallway is a good place for publications — that is, if you’ve got one and don’t have a library or room in your living space. For me, the bedroom ought to be free of too many novels (a couple of on the nightstand or a small shelf is good, but not a wall), and also near a kitchen may harm novels.

Hallways are good for keeping books, what with long walls and all. On the downsidethey don’t provide much room for sitting to enjoy themlike a library.

Chang + Sylligardos Architects

Hallways can also be mezzanines, so the books become part of the larger house, not tucked away from different chambers.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

This is just another hallway mezzanine (nice door in the far end!) Where books are put round the windows, making the most of every bit of wall space.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

Do not have enough books to cover a wallsocket? You can always use background!

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Staying Put: How to Improve

Here’s an arrangement book for our times, when many homeowners are under water mortgages, and the cycle of trading up has stopped or slowed way, way down. In”Staying Put,” architect and writer Duo Dickinson has assembled a great and practical manual to help us create real improvements to our homes. Dickinson, an advocate of well-designed and affordable homes for all, has specialized in residential layout for more than three decades.

This isn’t your normal architect’s publication about layout. There’s no vague language nor design-for-design’s-sake thoughts. It’s a practical, down-to-earth manual that walks anybody through the rational procedure of how to redesign your home to get the home you need, from how to think about your home and overcoming barriers to some listing of”Duo’s Do’s and Don’ts” for the homeowner. On the way, there’s plenty of fine before-and-after photos to help clarify the things. Do read the publication. You will be happy you did.

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The cover says it all. The omnipresent photo of a gorgeous, award-winning home that’s beyond most people is replaced with pictures of a watched, cup of dawn joe plus a to-do list.

Are you currently staying put yourself? Keep Reading for 8 of Dickinson’s suggestions.

Mick Hales

Think about the compass points. The strategies and illustrated examples are wonderfully straightforward. As an example, we see a home that gets overheated, the siding degrades and the front doorway bakes in the sun because it all faces southwest.

Dickinson’s common-sense information: Rework the front of the home with a new broad porch that shades the front doorway and some smaller, yet well-sized windows to make a whole lot more curb appeal whilst decreasing maintenance and energy intake. It is a triple win: more attractiveness and relaxation with less price.

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Avoid gutters. Statements such as”gutters and leaders are devoutly to be averted” may seem like heresy to many, but certainly are the truth. Proving his point, Dickinson illustrates the way the properly-built roof overhang can shed all of the water it has to without the complications, for example ice dams, due to gutters.

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Embrace small moves. Dickinson provides a wealth of simple solutions illustrated with before-and-after photos. He shows how to utilize small moves for big dividends, such as taking out a wall between a kitchen and a hallway to generate space for longer kitchen storage.

Mick Hales

Boost curb appeal. The publication offers solutions to frequent problems with a specific style, such as the way to improve and improve an entry into a split-level home. (See the prior photo of this entrance).

Mick Hales

Open up to the outside. Dickinson provides some excellent examples of how we could use modern doors and windows to strengthen the connection between inside and outside. Our homes, ” says Dickinson, no longer want to be”later-day caves.”

Mick Hales

Find your home. Learning more about the style of the home you’ve got will help you avoid barriers in remodeling and recognize the the best opportunities for improving your specific home.

Mick Hales

Open the inside. Snippets of advice sprinkled throughout the book are similar to refreshing raindrops that clean the cobwebs away. 1 such snippet:”If you walk through a room for to a space, something is wrong.” You know — it’s when that new great room gets inserted onto a modest home, and the outcome is some sort of dyslexic creature that’s two homes rather than one.

So rather than even building an addition, Dickinson suggests you take advantage of everything you presently have. In this example, widening the gap between chambers reinforces this room’s connection with the remainder of the home, raising its utility and spaciousness.

See the room before Duo’s intervention

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Work with everything you have got (before): Keeping the kitchen dimensions exactly the same when vaulting the ceiling radically increases the overall spaciousness of the space, because you’ll see in the next photograph.

Mick Hales

Work with everything you have got (after): Walls, doors, appliances and even the skylight and kitchen sink were all left where they were. This all avoided costly plumbing, electrical and mechanical function and rework.

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Working with everything you have got (plans): Dickinson has included before-and-after floor programs for lots of the examples. These programs help provide that much more context, allowing the reader to better understand what they could be able to do with the home they already have.

More: Staying Put, by Duo Dickenson, Taunton Press, 2011

How are you making the most of everything you have in your present home and backyard? Please tell us about your project below!

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Readers' Choice: The Kids Rooms of 2011

This past year, ers were looking at kids’ room photographs in virtually every style and color palette for every age range. Nurseries, toddlers’ rooms, and teens’ rooms were on the record of most popular photographs uploaded this season, and designs ranged from traditional to modern.

Have a look at the 20 most popular kids room photographs uploaded to this season, and when you have seen them all, please let us know that room is your favorite.

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1. Although users were ripped about the grey color choice in this room, everyone agreed that these built-in bunk beds produced a perfect setup. Assembling them into the walls not only makes the bunk beds hardy and sound, but the setup allows for lots of distance in the remaining part of the room.

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2. These bunk beds have been tucked into the corner in this room, making the most of what could happen to be embarrassing leftover space. ers adored the built-in shelving and reading nooks with lamps on each headboard.

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3. While this entire home was a massive hit this season, users really loved this easy child’s bedroom. The raised bookshelf with a ladder was an especially popular signature. Users also liked the concept of making a built-in bed near a window with a view.

Amy Lambert Lee

4. Doing an all-white nursery could be a little intimidating for new mothers, but ers liked this designer pulled off it. By layering textures and playing reflective surfaces, the nursery feels warm and comfy, but still very clean.

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5. ers adored the adorable wall mural with built-in shelving inside this space. Many times, it can be a struggle to design a kids room with a theme that doesn’t feel cheesy or on the top. While this design is straightforward, it’s still playful and bright enough to cheer up a child’s playroom.

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6. Designing a teenager’s room is generally an issue of balancing items your teenager wants today with a look that will last through high school. This teenaged boys’ room uses a enjoyable and boyish brown-and-blue palette which will do the job for years to come. Custom built-ins round the bedframe can showcase knickknacks and trophies.

RLH Studio

7. users loved the daring and girly design inside this room. The wall and ceiling murals are magnificent, and the daring pink bedding is the perfect jolt of color.

Robert Young Architects

8. ers bookmarked this photo for its solution to this bunk-bed issue. Assembling the bunk beds in and keeping them clean and white means the rest of the room can be decorated in virtually any style.

Elizabeth Gordon

9. This boy’s bedroom is filled with easy and enjoyable design ideas. Try adding different colors of blue to liven up your son’s room. The mix of this locker cupboard, checkerboard rug along with daring blue walls leaves this room enjoyable without going overboard.

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10. Pink is just as popular as ever in little girls’ rooms, but purple is a near runner-up. ers bookmarked this photograph for the excellent bed frame, glittery lighting fixture and all the floral touches throughout the room.

Anita Roll Murals

11. When designing a nursery, you would like it to be a relaxing and tranquil space (parents will be spending a lot of time in there). This nature-inspired wall mural has a very serene texture, but the green stripes and blend of textiles make the room feel modern and happy.

Lauren Liess Interiors

12. ers adored the concept of putting a posh daybed at a nursery or toddler’s room. Not only is it a great area for parents to relax while reading or playing with their kid, but it can also be a fantastic transition bed following the crib. users bookmarked this photo for the kelly green textiles as well as the fun wall artwork .

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13. While this chamber is magnificent on its own, ers bookmarked it for the smart usage of Ikea cabinetry. By installing the cabinets on both sides of the window area and framing them with drywall, the designer was able to make it look like they had been built into the space.

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14. Mixing chocolate brown with brighter colors was everywhere on this season. This designer mixed turquoise and lime green with brown to get a colorful teenage girl’s room. ers loved the look, and wanted to know about the matching products and accessories in this room.

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15. Here’s another amazing purple room, designed to get a teenage girl. ers adored the dress form in the corner along with the bulletin board over the custom dining room area.


16. If you’re going to perform a themed space for your teen or tween, it’s ideal to keep it easy. This tennis-inspired room can readily be transformed to a guest room following college graduation with just a small paint.

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17. The designer of the mod-style room went out with color and design. The grey base paint retains the look contemporary, but the drapes and colors give it a fun retro look that any teenage girl would love.

Carla Aston | Interior Designer

18. ers bookmarked this photo for the smart daybed design at the corner of a space. The corner headboard and pillows mean that the bed can serve as a couch during the day. Take off all of the cushions at night, and you get a comfy place to unwind and sleep.

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19. This bed is the perfect solution to get a space with slanted ceilings. A good deal of teens move to the top of the home after they’re done sharing a space — but it can be hard to utilize the limited space a sloped roof provides. This built-in mattress retains a high ceiling over the bed itself, and there was space for just a tiny bookshelf where the ceiling slopes.

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20. A contemporary version of a bunkhouse, this chamber can fit as many as five kids — all with lots of sleeping area. The designer worked together with all the long and narrow shape of this space by putting custom bunk beds from one wall and a crib and changing table another.

Inform us: Which of the reader favorites from 2011 would you enjoy best?

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30 Beautifully Inventive DIY Christmas Decorations

Many of us are pinching our pennies nowadays, so extravagant Christmas decorations aren’t on very top of the shopping lists. Fortunately, the economic slump has inspired a creative crafters to make beautiful, easy, and affordable DIY decorations. We’ve gathered up 30 of our favorites to help you celebrate the season.

1. Colorful paper ornaments. If you require something new to spice up your tree, try these easy, contemporary DIY ornaments from Lisa Storms. Employing border pushes, she hit out patterns from vibrant bits of paper in different lengths, and stapled together the ends so they buckle in the form of a decoration.

2. Feather ornament tree. Wish to go glam this Christmas? Try producing this marabou feather tree, courtesy of Kate out of Centsational Girl. Kate made this ornament tree out of dowel rods plus a 12′ length of marabou feather boa.

She made the tree shape using one 3/4″ x 36″ dowel pole, six 1/4″ x 36″ dowel rods, a hand saw and a drill. Then she put it into a timber bun foot from her hardware shop. She painted the whole thing white, place it together with her drill, then wrapped 12′ of a marabou feather boa around the dowel rods.

Kate glued a adorable white bird into the top of the tree for an extra touch, then added some brightly colored ornaments in metallic hues.

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3. Contemporary holiday dinner party. Veronika of A Few Matters Out of My Life changed her London dining room into the perfect setting for a posh holiday party.

A wreath hung from the ceiling becomes a impromptu chandelier, while evergreen trimmings, a linen tablecloth, and lots of candles make a subtle and tasteful Christmas ambiance.

The sideboard in the end of the table becomes a bar for effortless beverage access and additional storage.

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Veronika’s unique spin on an advent calendar is beyond easy, and is superbly minimalist.

Office envelopes with bright pink lining fill up a poster board. Every envelope is numbered and filled with quirky holiday treats.

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Veronika stuffed her wall shelves with Christmas lights, small wrapped boxes, and garlands of newspaper rings to v modern-crafty look of her dining room.

Paper garlands are a great, cheap Christmas decoration — try something easy like paper rings, or attempt more elaborate paper snowflakes.

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4. Candy-cane striped wreath. For a festive wreath that will last longer than the one you usually pick up along with your Christmas tree, try your hand in this DIY candy-cane striped wreath from Heather of Whipper Berry.

This flirty, ruffled wreath is the best way to welcome the holidays to your house. Have a look at the entire tutorial.

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5. Holiday decorations for small spaces. Alicia Parsons of Atypical Type A doesn’t haveroom for a full-sized Christmas tree in her home, so she’s gotten into the practice of reusing one of her old wedding decorations — branches at a moss-filled bud — rather.

This really is a great tip for anyone with a small apartment or a small budget!

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Many of Parsons’ ornaments are handmade. These small Scrabble letter ornaments are too adorable! Parsons used a power drill with a nice bit to drill a hole through Scrabble letters and series together cheerful holiday phrases with festive red decorative thread. Have a look at the entire tutorial on her website, here.

Atypical Type A

Another space-saving tip from Parsons: Don’t allow your current furniture limit you! She brought this ladder in from a different room for an extra screen surface. Get creative and think outside of the box older suitcases, wine crates, and backyard stools may all contribute to your holiday décor.

6. DIY “milk glass” forest. Shannon of Madigan Made loves crisp white holiday decor, and also had a fantasy of a tiny white woods of trees covering her cart.

When she could not find what she was looking for, she chose to create it herself. She discovered plain glass tree-shaped candy jars and chose to spray paint.

She wrapped the exterior of the jars and lids with tape and plastic, and painted a few thin coats of white — on the interior. Painting them on the interior gave them a more uniform look and prevents peeling. In the long run, the bits have an almost classic, milk glass-like look.

7. Advent calendar ladder. Jen Hadfield of Tatertots & Jello chose to do something a little different because of her family’s holiday advent calendar. She wanted a fantastic spot to hang holiday cards, and thought that having a ladder would be festive and unique. When she could not find a fantastic ladder in thrift shops, she made one.

She’s a ladder at the specific size she desired, and the entire screen cost her less than $20.

Hadfield painted it blue so that the ladder would go with the rest of her home’s color palette. She can leave it up all year long and use it to display invitations, art, or just as decoration.

For the holidays, the ladder becomes a quirky advent calendar. Little canvas totes are attached to baker’s twine with reddish clothespins; subsequently Hadfield placed hooks on the sides for Christmas stockings. This is a great alternative for anyone who doesn’t have a fireplace!

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8. Christmas dinner in the summertime. For anyone living in Australia and New Zealand, Christmas comes in the midst of summer. As opposed to getting warm in front of a toasty fire, odds are you will be trying to cool down with the evening dinner outdoors. Belinda Graham of The Happy Home Blog establish a mixture of indoor and outdoor chairs inside her private courtyard for a simple Christmas meal. Light linens and blossoms are highlighted with touches of glitter for a small holiday glow.

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To give standard jars and vases an extra special touch, Graham highlighted them with a little glitter, then stuffed them with easy blooms and LED candles for a charming centerpiece for the table.

Christie Thomas

9. Holiday garland for the anyplace. Christie of Three Pixie Lane chose to mix up things a bit by placing a holiday garland at a somewhat unexpected place — the foot of this bed! A handmade red and white garland in her daughter’s room adds a remarkably festive touch to the space.

10. Intelligent peppermint wreath. Does not this seem like a picture from a catalog? Believe it or not, Myra of My Blessed Life made this magnificent Christmas decoration out of three bags of peppermints, a hot glue gun, and a white foam wreath form.

She included a ring of Red Hots to fill some white space, then hung the whole item with a festive ribbon.

11. Warm and intimate holiday dinner. Lauren Hufnagl of With Two Mothers includes a great deal of hints and tricks for entertaining large holiday celebrations in tiny spaces.

Mirrors and metallics assists a space appear bigger, as does turning on the lights. If your space is small and comfy, there’s no need to dim the lights to make guests feel comfortable.

Hufnagl set aside a kids table for her holiday dinner setup. Brown art paper is a terrific makeshift tablecloth — provide kids a pair of crayons, plus they’ll be busy for the whole meal.

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12. Merry and bright Christmas mantle. Curious about the way Heather Freeman of this Beautiful Cupboard obtained her mantle to glow? This cheerful DIY art was made simply by sticking Christmas lights through the rear of a canvas.

Freeman made all of the mantle art herself, and accented it with ornaments from Wal-Mart and heavy green velvet stockings from Hobby Lobby.

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Freeman made this extravagant looking wreath — rolled up audio sheets glued together — in a craft party. A retro Merry Christmas hint adds a classic touch.

The village below is one of Freeman’s most preferred possessions — her mum bought it for her and her brother on a family vacation to Germany if they were small.

13. Simple advent calendar at a contemporary palette. Christy Wallace of Everyday Giggles wanted to make an enjoyable and vibrant advent calendar because of the 1-year-old daughter. Simplicity was key, so that she went to Hobby Lobby and discovered a simple starter kit. Using her Cricut machine, paint, and a lot of decoupage, she gave the kit her own custom look. Rather than using more traditional Christmas colors, she chose to go with crimson, red, and gray theme for another look.

14. Christmas bulb advent calendar. Try your hand in a exceptional advent calendar like this one Meg Spaeth of Elise Marley made for her kids. Using a homemade pattern (found on her website), she sewed this by hand out of felt.

Each tiny bulb is a pocket which Spaeth matches with lightweight treats — notes, small ornaments, and candy — for her kids to open every day before Christmas.

15. Elegant handmade stockings. Trying to find a sophisticated stocking for your mantle? user Michele Cabot made hers out of amazing vintage French linens for a tasteful and minimalistic holiday mantle. If you’re tired of browsing shops for the best stockings for your family, consider creating your own unique models out of fun classic fabric.

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16. Quick and effortless holiday vignette. To get a easy holiday display, Melanie Thompson of My eldest Savannah discovered some used books and removed the covers. This is a trick used for many years by interior designers and retail shops, and is a great way to bring a rustic element to any sort of vignette. Evergreens and a couple of straightforward ornaments round out the look.

17. Cheap DIY Christmas candle holders. Kristin of Iowa Girl Eats maintained her holiday decor cheap, simple and pastoral. Mason jars were filled with votive candles, imitation berries and spruce, and wrapped in a twine bow. Voila! They’re perfect party decorations. Put them onto a mantle and light the candles indoors as it gets dark. Try using scented votives in vanilla or cinnamon for an extra holiday signature.

18. Christmas screen in Sunset. Shelley Smith out of House of Smiths always has an amazing holiday screen in her dining room (check out her Halloween screen in this roundup).

This past year, she made a decision to prevent red and green and use colors that sensed more wintery. She picked a palette of silver, green, and a tiny turquoise with this particular setup.

Though she chose not to do a Christmas tree this season, she still wanted to have a Christmas-tree like screen. Spray painted branches wrapped with little ornaments became a fun and affordable alternative. Then she stuffed up glass votives with little baubles and trinkets for a little additional sparkle. Perfect!

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20. Chic black-and-white Christmas tree. Retro-looking all-white Christmas trees really are making a massive comeback this season. specialist Nicole Lanteri employed a Parisian theme with hers. Simple black iron ornaments in the form of the Eiffel Tower go perfectly with a chic black-and-white striped tree skirt.

21. Whimsical pom-pom garland. If you have younger kids running around, you may want to have a holiday decorating hint from Kristina of ReMade Simple: Make it unbreakable.

Considering her holiday decorating theme this year was “childlike and whimsical,” she wanted her own garlands to be playful combinations of simple substances and vivid colors.

Rather than using colored glass or hard plastic, then she made a trip to her local craft shop and purchased pom-poms, eyelash yarn, and a yarn needle. Making the garland was incredibly simple — just pull the yarn through every pom-pom till you have the spacing you want — so Kristina made an all white version also!

22. Classic velvet wreath. Classic maven Danielle Thompson made this diverse wreath out of classic fabric she had lying about. She wanted something with a mod, 1960s texture for her holiday decorations. Making something out of fabric also supposed she could reuse the wreath year in, year out.

She cut a wreath form out of a foam core board, and glued and sewed classic fabric (and buttons she covered herself!) To the cloth covered wreath form. She made a bow out of more classic fabric and a classic ascot, and attached it to the wreath. How adorable is that? It’s an adorable and one of a kind wreath that (depending on what colors you select) could be used for several vacations.


23. Holiday tablescape inpsired by character. specialist Lynda Quintero-Davids employed a white spray painted branch as the centerpiece of the holiday tablescape. If you’re having problems coming up with ideas to your holiday dinner table, consider sticking to something easy like that. Sometimes nature supplies all the necessary decoration — spray paint a few branches and accent with some discovered pinecones, and you’re set.

24. Crafty yarn ball wreath. Lisa of Recaptured Charm put together this catchy wreath using styrofoam balls, yarn, and a wire wreath form. By wrapping the yarn around each ball in different directions, she was able to make it look like an actual yarn ball. She hot glued all of these faux yarn balls on a wire wreath shape, and blended a couple red Christmas ornament in as nicely for some colour contrast.

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25. No-muss, no-fuss Christmas tree. Do you hate dealing with a endless course of dead pine needles? Try mixing it up a bit and use a pair of branches in a vase to display your ornaments.

Small and massive variations of the contemporary, DIY Christmas tree are getting increasingly more common. Not only are they tasteful, but they’re affordable and far more eco-friendly than a real tree.

26. Quaint hot cocoa corner. Set a hot cocoa dining table for guests. user stilesquinn used a festive sterling silver tray and classic candy jars to home hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, and candy canes — a great thing to set on the coffee table in your living space prior to another big holiday party.

27. Intelligent Christmas riddle. Holiday decorations may be foolish too! Read the signal out loud to see if you’re able to find out the riddle.

Gail of Can’t Stop Making Things created this humorous sign using paint and a tabletop wooden round she’s discovered in Lowe’s for $7.

The sign reads “No L” — “Noel!”

28. Moss wreath for every season. This simple moss wreath may be used for Christmas, but can easily be adjusted for summer or spring décor too. Aimee of My Pink Life glued a bag of moss on a foam wreath form, and accented with a decorative pine cone and berry embellishment.

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29. Tropical Christmas tree. To get a Christmas at South Florida, specialist Suzanne Pignato skipped the traditional red and green Christmas palette and functioned sunglasses of turqouise and gold to her shrub, accenting with shells and starfish for a beachy vibe.

30. Magnetic advent calendar. Marie of My Lil Pink Pocket made this adorable and re-usable debut calendar using papier maché boxes from her local craft shop. After decorating them glued a little magnet on the back of each one and place them on a little framed magnet board.

Inform us! Do you have a great holiday DIY? We wish to view it! Publish a photograph in the remarks below.

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When a budding lawyer decided to plant her origins in the upscale Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., she called upon Zoe Feldman of Zoe Feldman Design to help her in renovating the recently bought rowhouse. The aim was to infuse the traditional space with urban attraction and honor the exclusive area without feeling nostalgic. The result is best described as vintage, neo-traditional with a modern twist. Mission accomplished.

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Though small in size, this living area has generous seating options. The embroidered couch and wingchair, both by Mitchell Gold Bob Williams, are modern and stylish. The homeowner’s present ottoman was modernized with an ultra-glam fabric by David Hicks.

In the bay window, a custom radiator cover topped with a sleeper pillow provides a window seat for shooting in amazing views of the city. Panels in a linen-silk mix cloth by Nancy Corzine framework the outfit.

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From the handcrafted limestone floors to the netted-glass pendant, Sorenson from Remains, this traditional foyer provides more clues to the modern updates that have occurred in this home.

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Carpeted in a gorgeous hexagon pattern (David Hicks Hexagon House II by Ashley Hicks) the twisting staircase divides the public and private areas of the home.

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A mix of textures, patterns, materials, and clean-lined furnishings leads to the home’s urban update on traditional style.

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Initially, the homeowners were skeptical when Feldman suggested painting the present cabinetry a glossy black. They were glad they heeded her advice whenever they saw the remarkable outcomes.

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Just like a fresh white shirt from a tuxedo, honed Calacatta marble countertops supply a graphic contrast to the dark cabinets. The marble’s veins include a subtle hint of colour.

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A Calacatta marble backsplash and a New Negro-Marquina marble floor polishes off this sexy, classy kitchen.

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Shiny black doors and Calacatta marble create yet another appearance in the intimate guest bathroom. An apartment-sized clawfoot tub supplies some luxury for visiting guests.

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The juxtaposition of this dark, modern doors, traditional reupholstered headboard, and global-infused fabrics introduces a neo-traditional vibe in the master bedroom. Suzani-patterned bedding from Natori takes center stage.

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Constructed from precisely the same metallic linen, a trio of functional relaxed roman shades offers both casual beauty and solitude.

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A blend of cut and slab limestone sets the tone for luxury and comfort in this airy master bath. The herringbone-patterned floor adds visual interest while keeping a neutral palette.

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The vanity is fit for a queen, complete with a shagreen leather inlay.

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The Cartwright Dual Vanity from Restoration Hardware received an instant update when topped with an earthy limestone.

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