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) [...]
Sharing my online holiday decor finds. 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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