Backyard Shed Crazy

backyard shed - Ann Voskamp’s furnished she-shed mini-barn at the edge of a cornfield - A Holy Experience.com via Atticmag

The lowly backyard shed goes by many names but having a small, quirky out building is a plus for any home.

Small backyard sheds are trending. These may be called she-sheds, bar sheds, she-caves, he-caves, or a writing cabin like the one at the edge of an Ontario, Canada cornfield where author and blogger Ann Voskamp [top] types out her best selling books. Furnished with rugs, a sofa, and a desk, the cabin allows Mrs. Voskamp, who describes herself as a “farmer’s wife,” to work at a remove from her six children.

Sheds are may be art studios, potting sheds, garden sheds, cabin sheds, mini barns and back houses.… Continue Reading

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Pullman Beds

Pullman beds - built in back to back twin beds in alcoves with curtains in a brown and white guest room - Phoenix Home & Garden via Atticmag

Most of us know about Pullman beds from old movies where trains had sleeper cars for overnight travel.

One year, I took an overnight train trip from Paris to Nice. That was my first experience with Pullman cars, the famous French wagons lits — sleeping compartments outfitted with curtained beds. Since traveling companions were often strangers, curtains added privacy and helped block out light. Today, the Pullman beds concept has steamed into guest rooms and kids rooms where they are often elaborately built in — sometimes singly and sometimes doubled up.

Also called nooks and alcoves, Pullman beds may have windows and reading lights.… Continue Reading

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Laundry Room Baskets

laundry room baskets - white laundry room with Dutch door and open base cabinet storage for 4 laundry baskets - BH&G via Atticmag

I’m envious when I see great set ups of laundry room baskets in specially designed spaces.

My laundry room is too compact for an array of laundry room baskets either on shelves or wheels. So my wash day routine produces piles clothes on the floor. Then, clean, folded clothes end up in bunches on the counter to be transported upstairs. Before and after baskets would be far more handy. The airy white laundry room with a charming Dutch door [top] illustrates why! Everyone sees storage differently but I would use the top row of baskets for sorting and the bottom ones for carrying laundry to its destination.… Continue Reading

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Modern Outdoor Showers

modern outdoor showers - poolside deck shower with MGS stainless steel floor mounted CB406 shower against a wood plinth - MGS via Atticmag

Flat and square with an emphasis on their shapes and surfaces, modern outdoor showers are just a bit showy.

There’s something wonderfully elemental about showering outdoors on a hot, sunny day whether you’ve just taken a swim in a friend’s pool, or you’ve stripped down in the privacy of your own yard after working up a sweat in the garden. But this collection of modern outdoor showers suggests something a bit more formal — a level of luxury geared to impress and be used by guests. That’s not to say they are elaborate. Quite the opposite.

On an elaborately planked and planted deck, alongside an infinity pool, a towering 8-foot tall, wooden slab is the anchor for an supremely elegant outdoor shower [top].… Continue Reading

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Strategies for Hanging Draperies

hanging draperies - White and brown lantern print draperies hanging below a window crown molding - Fine Home Building via Atticmag

I’m always interested in methods for hanging draperies which may not be as obvious as they look.

By strategies, I mean how hanging draperies relates to the windows and ceiling in any room. Additionally, I take an interest in the choice of rods used for hanging draperies because rods are the supporting actors. One thing most people don’t realize is that draperies are deceptively heavy. Additionally, drapery hardware may add to the weight. For draperies to look great, it’s essential to get hardware properly placed and securely installed. That’s why I like to spend a time looking at draperies and checking out refinements that add to their beauty.… Continue Reading

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White on White Mosaic Tile

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Check out these white mosaic tile shapes — lovely alternatives to the 1-inch white mosaic dot tile that many architects favor.

Just this week, while looking for a blue and white tile I’d seen in a magazine, I literally stumbled across a number of shaped white mosaic tile patterns in the Walker Zanger Tilt collection. Five different shapes of these white-on-white stoneware (ceramic) mosaics struck me as stunning, interesting, unique, and different from anything I’d seen. Mosaics are small scale, of course, and I favor mosaics for the richness all the little pieces add to a wall. I’m not so much for big horsey tile so I was immediately drawn to these.… Continue Reading

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