Author Archive | Jane F

Royal Copenhagen Christmas Seal Tables

2014 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Seal Tables - Lifestyle expert Anne Glad’s Angel Castle table set with Blue Fluted pattern - Royal Copenhagen via Atticmag

Join me for our seventh virtual yuletide tablescape tour. The theme for 2014 is Royal Copenhagen Christmas Seal tables.

The spirit of a children’s Christmas is the keynote for the annual display of lavishly decorated Royal Copenhagen Christmas Seal tables. And for the seventh year, Atticmag and I are pleased to join in this special celebration with a virtual tour of the event.

As in the past, a prominent group of Danes are chosen by the legendary porcelain brand to create holiday tables using RC’s iconic porcelain patterns at the porcelain maker’s flagship store in Copenhagen. For 2014, six artists, designers and personalities have shared their yuletide table visions, in partnership with the 110-year-old Danish Christmas Seal Foundation, a children’s welfare charity.… Continue Reading

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Unconventional Fireplace Mantels

Examples of unconventional fireplace mantels include this small hybrid Victorian painted maple mantel used for display - dominomag via atticmag

Whatever their age or origin, fireplace mantels are as individual as the styles that inspired them.

This is a tale of two highly unconventional fireplace mantels — one created with a special intent and  one antique used in a special way. One mantel is modern. One could not be more traditional. And yet each has unique characteristics that makes it memorable and noteworthy. As we approach Christmas, and mantels become a focus for holiday decorations, a closer look at this house feature seems natural.

Eccentric or boho (bohemian) is how I’d describe the style of a carved and painted Victorian Montreal antiques store find [top].… Continue Reading

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Minimalist Gallery Style Displays

minimalist gallery style displays of tin birds in a guest room - Architectural Digest via Atticmag

If you’ve ever walked into a Calvin Klein boutique you’ve seen gallery style displays — white walls, floating shelves, and merchandise that repeats but without a hint of clutter.

That minimalist aesthetic is intended to showcase the objects by presenting them without any distractions from the background. That’s why walls are inevitably white, edges are crisp and objects carefully arranged — ideas associated with art galleries.

When gallery style displays are applied to a home it can be seen as clean — or spare. It’s a matter of perception. What’s indisputable is that few want to live in homes as intentionally staged as art galleries and even fewer can maintain that level of neatness and organization for very long.… Continue Reading

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Red Backsplash Kitchen

red backsplash in glass mosaic tiles with white grout in a Swedish kitchen - stadshem.se via Atticmag

This red backsplash uses glass mosaic tile  between cabinets like paint — from counters to ceiling.

It’s rare to find the color red is used in a bold way to create a visual theme for a contemporary kitchen with no red cabinets. But the red backsplash in this Swedish apartment kitchen shows us how to do it impeccably. Essentially, this is a contemporary white L-shape kitchen, with white walls and white minimalist cabinets. So it’s logical to have red glass mosaic tile fill all the space between cabinets on both walls — like paint. I call this of counter-to-ceiling tile treatment a “eurosplash” because it’s the way European kitchens are usually tiled.… Continue Reading

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Kitchen Sink Bathroom

kitchen sink bathroom with a Kohler Whitehaven enameled cast iron sink in the vanity - Met Home via Atticmag

If someone told you they were doing a kitchen sink bathroom what would you think?

I might think that bath would have “everything,” as the cliché goes. But in a New York apartment it’s literally a kitchen sink bathroom where a cast iron enamel farm sink is installed in the custom wood vanity. It’s rare to find a designer bath with a kitchen sink. But leave it to the Irish-born Clodagh, an interior and accessories designer based in New York. Clodagh also is a tile designer for Ann Sacks. “I like simple massive surfaces that people can put things down on,” was her comment about this bath [top].… Continue Reading

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Fresh Green Accents

green accents in the interior of a painted Swedish secretary - Tone on Tone via Atticmag

Green accents — the color of leaves, fresh herbs and new grass — keeps any room from ever looking gloomy.

We’re on the brink of Winter here in the Northern hemisphere, with our first snows due any day. Perhaps that’s why spring green accents used in these rooms feels so appealing. Swedish painted furniture often has a surprise color inside. This wonderful greig-y Neoclassical secretary with apple green on the interior drawers and desk top is so unexpected. It was pictured in the home of furniture dealer Loi Thai of Tone on Tone antiques in Washington, D.C. I’ve long been an admirer of his taste.… Continue Reading

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