Steel Bucket Bathroom Sinks

steel bucket bathroom sinks - steel bucket used as a sink on a polished concrete counter top - Studio Carver via Atticmg

My list of attractive and affordable building materials includes steel bucket bathroom sinks.

Among the favorite posts here on Atticmag was my piece on a Connecticut farm house Washtub Sink Laundry Room with hidden appliances and a oval galvanized steel bucket used as a sink. So imagine my Eureka! moment when I came across three steel bucket bathroom sinks — the same idea used in bathrooms.

A quick search for “galvanized steel buckets” yields a variety of old-fashioned milk-pail shapes and sizes ranging in price from under $10 to $200. That’s great news for anyone who is budget-minded and has the means to drill the bottom of the bucket so it can be properly fit with a drain.… Continue Reading

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Forever Young Designer Furniture

designer furniture - le corbusier lc4 chaise, 1928, with hairy hide covering- hive modern via atticmag

Exactly how old are those iconic designer furniture pieces that look so modern? The truth may surprise you.

The continuing popularity of 20th century modern designer furniture has led to a kind of visual shorthand. We look at a room and can easily spot a Saarinen table, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair, or an Arco floor lamp. It’s the home décor version of recognizing an Hermès handbag, Chanel suit, or Louboutin shoes. And since modern designer furniture is licensed to a handful of manufacturers, you can always buy it new from Hive Modern, Design within Reach, Knoll or Palazzetti.

But what’s old is new again: most of these best loved and most instantly recognized pieces of designer furniture are actually antiques!… Continue Reading

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Tall Headboards

tall headboards - assemblage of beige cushion shapes from a hotel style headboard - decorativebedrooms.com via atticmag

Tall headboards are like diamonds. The larger they are the more attention they get.

That may be one reason why we are seeing a trend towards tall headboards — some so high they cover the entire wall above a bed and nearly reach the ceiling. From a practical standpoint, a tall headboard is also a decorative element since the size eliminates the need for art. Tall headboards add a different surface to the room and, at the same time, make a statement. Often called ‘hotel’ headboards, their form follows function with attention to bed — and why not?

Whimsical and stylish, this headboard-sculpture-wall art [top] really illustrates the point.… Continue Reading

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Bathroom Picture Walls

bathroom picture walls - light colored art and fixtures pop against dark painted bathroom walls - nwherald.com via atticmag

Few areas in the house offer as much opportunity for personalization, flamboyance, outrageousness, or all out decortropia than bathroom picture walls.

If it’s your bath — one you use every day — then it’s easy to know whether bathroom picture walls should offer comfort or visual stimulation. In a guest bath the issues can be slightly more complex because either you’re using images you already own, or acquiring them for a certain effect. Each bathroom presents special issues for picture walls. First, there’s moisture from a shower or tub. Additionally, there can be tile patterns, broken up walls, oddly shaped blank walls, narrow spaces and problem windows to consider.… Continue Reading

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Subway Tile Eurosplash Kitchen

subway tile eurosplash - gray kitchen with white subway tiles and black grout used counter to ceiling behind the black Lacanche range - domino via atticmag

What’s a subway tile eurosplash? Tile from counter to ceiling that gives this handsome gray kitchen its unique look.

When it come to kitchen tile my motto is “more.” That’s why the design for my kitchen began with  tile. And it’s likely why a New York restaurateur chose a subway tile eurosplash look for her stunning gray, black and white Greenwich Village kitchen. With five kids in the house, the white subways set with black grout are practical, too.

The subways run counter to ceiling all along the range wall [top]. It’s important to have a heatproof material behind a powerful range like this black Lacanche and tiling behind and all around the matching range hood keeps the look consistent.… Continue Reading

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Five Laundry Room Features

laundry room features - master bathroom laundry closet with stacked European front loaders - bh & g via Atticmag

If anyone asked me what changed most in homes recently, I would cite laundry room features.

And  I’d need to credit new home builders and home renovators who are adding more functional —  and at the same time more customized  — laundry room features. Colored laundry appliances. Special large sinks. Integrated or hidden appliances. Laundry rooms that are multi purpose and combined with other uses. These are some of the features. Of course, it all depends on space.

When we renovated our house I took a marginally functional room, which doubled as an entry from the garage, and added a main coat closet for ourselves and guests.… Continue Reading

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