Author Archive | Jane F

Brass Revival Bathrooms

brass bathroom fixtures - John Derian's bath with white tile, dark grout and brass sink and shower fixtures - elledecor via atticmag

Brass bathroom fixtures belong to a warm family of metals that includes copper, bronze and gold tones.

The default white tile bathroom was first revised when the fashion for using gray, black or brown grout (in place of white grout) came over from Scandinavia and England.  Another logical way to progress the look is to switch from the usual chrome and nickel to brass bathroom fixtures in the sink and shower. A metal with a warm tone, brass (made from copper and zinc) is a living finish that will patina. It’s nearly indestructible (hence its used as the base metal for high end faucets) and it was out of fashion for so long it was a logical choice to rebound. … Continue Reading

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All Black Kitchen Kitchen of the Year

all black kitchen of the year for 2014 by Steven Miller - Whirlpool gas cooktop, Gold Wall Ovens and Kraftmaid Onyx cabinets - house beautiful via atticmag

Behold House Beautiful’s all black Kitchen of the Year in the 2014 San Francisco Designer Showcase house, a 1920s mansion with a view of the bay.

Opposites attract. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the mainstream press has begun to call the kitchen color shift — from all white to all black — a trend. For bloggers like me this is hardly news. Back in March of this year, my Dark Kitchen Drama post, documented the all black kitchen and nearly black kitchens I’d been seeing, including a designer beauty in Sweden. Modern all black kitchens have been around quite some time as four black kitchen posts (below) also show.… Continue Reading

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Fall Flower Pumpkins

fall flower pumpkins by Alix Astir, of Trellis Fine Florals - atticmag

A trio of brightly colored flower pumpkins make a vibrant centerpiece for fall holidays.

The holiday decorating season officially kicks off at the end of the month and this year a delightful photo of fall flower pumpkins crossed my desk.  The work of floral designer Alix Astir, of Trellis Fine Florals, in New York City, the photo [top] showed a trio of faux pumpkins made entirely of different colored mums. Chrysanthemums are on every doorstep this year and their bright hues accent the autumn leaves that have been falling for the past few weeks. I saw this as my chance to bring them indoors — especially since the designer was generous enough to send me a step-by-step tutorial for making them.… Continue Reading

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Contemporary Ranch Kitchens

contemporary ranch kitchen - yellow and gray barn ceiling ranch house kitchen - onsitemanagement via atticmag

Those of us who live east of the Mississippi don’t see many contemporary ranch kitchens these days.

I adore the tongue-cheek style of the log cabin kitchen in the Designer Log Cabin. And I’m a huge fan of Weathered Wood Kitchen Islands. So was quite taken by the full-on wood looks of these contemporary ranch kitchens in upscale Wyoming and Montana ranch houses. Well equipped, but casual, they fit the definition of rustic in very special ways. Best of all, there isn’t a white cabinet in the bunch!

I have a special affection for light wood and yellow kitchens.… Continue Reading

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Architectural Museum Garden

architectural museum garden - walkway approach to Robert Irwin designed garden at DIA Foundation, Beacon, NY - atticmag

Views of an architectural museum garden designed by a 20th century contemporary artist.

My passion for gardens was ignited last week with a visit to the DIA Art Foundation. A boutique modern art museum in New York’s Hudson Valley, DIA  Beacon opened in 2003 in a 300,000 square foot former Nabisco box printing factory overlooking the Hudson River. An architectural museum garden is relatively rare — especially one designed by an artist whose work is featured in that museum. But the commission went to Robert Irwin, a Los Angeles artist who I happened to know during my time as an art student at UCLA, my alma mater.… Continue Reading

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Attic Guest Rooms

attic guest room - blue and white floral pattern on upholstered walls in an English manor house - traditional home via atticmag

Pattern can be key to creating a charming attic guest rooms in old or new houses.

Full-story attics, in old houses, often housed storage rooms or servants’ quarters where slanting ceilings and small windows weren’t considerations. Those bedrooms were principally occupied at night. Over the last fifty years, many top-floor spaces have been modernized and converted into usable room of various types. Chief among these, I’m finding, are attic guest rooms where architectural quirks are often diminished or neutralized by introducing pattern on the walls. Most often, pattern is provided by wallpaper but fabric also can be backed in various ways and applied to walls and ceilings with the same effect.… Continue Reading

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