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Inspiring home interiors and issues related to interior decorating and home decor.

Attic Bedroom Accent Wall

attic bedroom accent wall - master bedroom with a picture window - meridian105 via atticmag

A bedroom added in an attic is bound to be an interesting, unique space and a bonus for the house.

One of the most dramatic transformations I’ve ever seen here was the Old-House Attic Master Suite our artist-decorator friend Amy built for herself and her husband. So I believe in attic bedrooms. We’ve presented other ideas for attic spaces but I think bedrooms are most important because, in addition to making the owners more comfortable, adding a bedroom increases the value of a house.

But building a successful bedroom in an attic has its challenges. Roof lines can create short or irregular walls or areas where the ceiling is angled and too low to stand comfortably.… Continue Reading

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Hydrangea Colors House

blue painted furniture in the dining room of a Massachusetts beach house - hutker architects via atticmag

In a Martha’s Vineyard beach house, the variegated hues of Nikko hydrangeas become a bold accent color.

The dining room of this spacious, open plan house shows how two approaches to home decor can be combined. First there is the type of all over wood-plank paneling often associated with the interiors of boats. Then there is the intense blue painted furniture with its cottage-on-steroids look. That same blue-violet palette was a favorite in the Hydrangea Colors Kitchen we featured here some time ago. Now, that kitchen serves as a prequel to the rest of the house.

This long view into the kitchen provides a general idea of the color scheme there.… Continue Reading

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Mixed Color Decor

mixed color decor in the Fig House Lounge— stylebyemilyhenderson via atticmag

Vintage and historical color schemes are being remixed and sampled with fascinating results.

Some of this mixed color decor is intense and based on the saturated fuchsias, jades, saffrons and aquas found in Chinese Art Deco rugs made for export from the 1920s until the eve of World War II. Those are sorely out of fashion now though they can be considered bohemian. Some of it’s a hijack of the historical Rococo palette — sky blue, cotton-candy pink and celadon green — that turns it into a confetti riot. All of it’s interesting because we’re seeing staid color traditions from past centuries reinterpreted in unexpected ways.… Continue Reading

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Zebra on the Floor

mid-century zebra print kilim in a dining space – AD via Atticmag

Zebra print carpets are so enduring, every shape, size and variation is available, from skin-shape throw rugs to broadloom.

So if I’m going for pattern and high contrast on the floor, zebra print carpets are an  obvious solution. First, they are black and white, which means they go with almost everything. Zebra is a bold carpet pattern but it’s less slinky than leopard or tiger. And while any animal print is a traditional pick, I find the zebra pattern can look quite modern when it’s pushed by other elements. Sublimely abstract in a mid-20th century Persian kilim [top] the zebra rug in a Sagaponack summer house hardly looks its age.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon 4

Edwin slipper chair with walnut frame and wool-poly upholstery – Room & Board via Atticmag

Modern & vintage variations on slipper chairs for any room. Part 4 – Exposed Frames.

One reason I’ve done this series of posts on slipper chairs is purely practical. These are, for the most part, exceptionally approachable and affordable pieces of furniture everyone needs.  One chair may be better for perching while another is made for lounging – that’s fairly obvious. But dimensions — the facts of each design – as well as the angle of the back, the height of the seat, and the way a chair is upholstered (including what’s underneath) affects its comfort. If someone is 6-foot-2 they won’t love sitting in a small low chair.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon 3

Caned rattan slipper chair with loose upholstered cushion - Wisteria via Atticmag

Modern & vintage skirted on slipper chairs for any room. Part 3 – Covered Bases.

One type of slipper chair has feet rather than legs. That’s made possible when the seat deck is elongated until it essentially sits on feet. Or, legs may be covered by a fabric skirt and  embellishments such as fringe to the same effect. Naturally boxy in style, this third genre in my  slipper chairs marathon looks comfortable and substantial. But again, lacking arms, the height, depth and tilt of the seat are the critical factors that affect whether it is easy to sit down and get up – or not.… Continue Reading

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