Even confirmed non-gardeners like myself can have dream gardens. Mine has living walls — architectural hedges though it’s highly unlikely I shall ever have them. Imagine the skill it takes to sculpt hedges into walls and then to maintain them without even a naughty branch escaping. Surely it requires a staff of seasoned gardeners, which is likely why private gardens of this type inevitably seem to be found in England, Belgian and France. At the height of summer, though, these become outdoor living walls create rooms straight from movie costume dramas.… Continue Reading
Vibrant emerald green made a return to home décor after a long slumber in deco-Siberia.
Relaunched as Pantone’s “color of the year,” emerald appeared in a variety of accessories during 2013. But instead of fading away, it’s taking hold as a wall color. Emerald green walls aren’t for everyone — they hit you in the face and there’s no getting away from the intensity. But for those who are adventurous, and have rooms without a great deal of natural light, emerald green walls can work to great effect.
It’s a surprise to see how well it looks in a bedroom [top].… Continue Reading
This small compact kitchen combines economies of space often required in apartments with dramatic dark gray walls and cabinets that help it seamlessly blend into the adjacent living space — and enhance it. The kitchen’s palette offers no color — cabinets are plated slate gray, satin black with white marble counters and backsplash. And as kitchens go, this one is dark — very dark.
The very deep gray color works, in part, because there is abundant natural light from large dormer windows in the roof.… Continue Reading
Eccentric and hip, a modern pink bathroom in Sweden provides a current take on 1980s color. But that’s not all…
A stunning duplex apartment on the top floor of a 19th century building in Gothenburg Sweden has a modern pink bathroom with a retro, cotton candy wall color that hasn’t been seen since the 1980s. Sure, we see pink baths in cottage-style homes occasionally and who can forget that bubblegum pink front door in our Eclectic Entrance post? But this same pink master bath also has one of the most surprising features I’ve ever seen — one that is framed by the pastel walls which makes it all the more unusual.… Continue Reading
Summer white sales are coming soon. Meanwhile I’m been trying to make sense of buying bath towels online given the huge number of brands, styles and sources that have cropped up since I bought towels five years ago. It’s a whole new world. I’m looking for towels because my current sets began to feel too heavy. For me, it’s time to lighten up.
My priorities are: comfort, style, size, price and durability.
Comfort to me means a soft “hand” or feel for washcloths and hand towels, plus an absorbent bath sheet that’s wraps easily around my body and stays put.… Continue Reading
Room size kitchen carpets can be successfully used on kitchen floors. Don’t believe me? Look closely.
Over the years I’ve seen a variety of kitchen carpets used on kitchen floors. Some of those have been woven cotton rag rugs like the ones I originally bought from Crate & Barrel for our apartment kitchen. They held up well and we used them for yars — until we wore them out. In our house, my kitchen is more traditional. Because I snagged some bargains at a great Oriental rug auction I currently have several kitchen carpets in my Yellow Eurosplash Kitchen — a runner from the utility room doorway, another in front of the sink and one in front of the refrigerator.… Continue Reading
A 1950s lake house tool shed was converted by the owners into an adorable bunkhouse shed for family and friends.
This adorable brown-painted shed is different from the fanciful themed sheds in my Backyard Shed Crazy post primarily because it’s electrified and beds are built in. Strictly speaking this one falls into the category of a guest cabin — as opposed to a folly — at least by my definition.
But the fun of having a shed of any kind is fixing it up and finding a way to use it. At our pal Marsha’s Lake Camp in Maine, the bunkhouse was converted for use by her grandsons, family and friends of this military family.… Continue Reading