Archive | November, 2012
Early 20th century Russian floral textile

Russian Chintz

A casualty of the Russian Revolution and the Cold War, these vibrantly colored fabrics remain little known even today. I first encountered Russian-made floral, paisley and striped fabrics from the early 20th century on the pages of a magazine. I was immediately drawn to the full blown rose motifs I also adore on Bessarabian (Russo-Romanian) […]

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deer statue glazed with stain from Wisteria catalog

It Is Beginning To Look Like Christmas

My latest holiday decor find online. The scents of a fresh-cut tree and cinnamon-laced pinecones are my holiday triggers – in a good and bad way.  Allergies cause many of us to use faux greenery. Luckily, artificial trees and garlands have come a long way and alternative materials are always an option.  A few weeks […]

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enclosed back porch alcove desk area with fabric skirt from BH&G

Quaint Alcove Desk

An enclosed back porch offers the perfect spot for a close by, but out of the way, command central. This underused alcove, just off the kitchen, was turned into an office by adding a desk top and shelves.  Mounting shelves higher than the norm creates more space so heads are not bumped.  Clip boards, covered […]

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contemporary Spanish kitchen with stone wall

Stone Wall Kitchens

Old-house walls add patina and character to modern kitchens. When we lived in Italy I fell in love with the old stone walls in the ancient houses and marveled at how modern fixtures and features mixed in, particularly in the kitchens. Stone always adds a certain degree of rusticity yet at the same time it […]

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custom built-in bunk beds by Resort Custom Homes

Built-in Bunk Beds

Custom bunks accommodate without sacrificing comfort. Bunk beds aren’t just for vacation homes anymore.  They are perfect for large or blended families, and don’t forget visiting grandchildren.  These sleeping quarters provide a feeling of comfort and add a bit of adventure.  Painting the area a darker color (SW Warm Stone) sets it apart from the […]

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