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

French Mattress Style

French mattress - white upholstered wood-frame French daybed with white French mattress - casastephensinterior design via Atticmag

Tufted and hand stitched with rounded edges a French mattress has a special understated, vintage and antique look that has remained in style for hundreds of years.

Today, French mattresses are most often used on daybeds, sometimes on sofas, and occasionally for pillows. Originally though, they were crafted from striped cotton ticking, filled with cotton batting, tufted to keep the batting evenly in place, and given a welted edge for a smooth finish and durability.

If you’ve ever gone to a flea market in Europe, you might have encountered old-fashioned metal beds with metal mesh across the frame to support the mattress.… Continue Reading


Chinese Interior Barn Doors

Chinese interior barn doors - used to frame the shower in a master bath - House & Garden via Atticmag

Vintage Chinese interior barn doors add a layer of texture and pattern to walls.

Two pairs of Chinese interior doors turned up with unique placements in a ten-year old country house with a tin roof and open barn layout in upstate New York. English interior designer Selina van der Geest blended contemporary sofas with antiques and old rugs to create a sophisticated home with an interesting mix and unique look. We’ve focused on many different types of barn doors and their uses in the past (see links below).

In my post on Natural Interior Barn Doors, I mentioned that their placement determines whether the doors function in the background, as partitions or both.… Continue Reading


Small Pet Beds

small pet beds - pet bed made from an oak wine barrel - Phoenix Home & Garden via Atticmag

Crates and barrels can be easily transformed into small pet beds, whether they’re done as custom jobs or DIY projects.

As a non-pet person I wan’t focused on various types of furniture for our furry companions but Allison’s interest and enthusiasm taught me to keep an eye out for interesting designs, especially for small pet beds which would be suitable for dogs or cats.

One of the chicest I’ve seen is this oak cask repurposed as a pet bed [top] with an elegant round striped cushion. The barrel staves were neatly cut above and below two of the steel bands to create the niche and the oak on the exterior appears to be sealed with oil — the way an oak floor would be treated.… Continue Reading


Natural Stokes Fire Starters

Stokes Fire Starters are eco-friendly and made in the USA - Atticmag

Natural Stokes Fire Starters are a newly minted, eco-friendly product made in New England.

Here in the woods our nightly ritual during the winter months is to light a fire, keep it going throughout the evening, and let the embers die as we go to bed. Usually, I layer the fire grate with scrunched up brown paper grocery bags or pages from the weekly newspaper circular, nestle in a few pieces of fat wood, top that with kindling and then add the logs.

But a few days ago, our daughter Rebecca made the fire lighting easier and greener with a gift of natural Stokes Fire Starters, which have no harmful chemicals and are safe to touch without gloves.… Continue Reading


Lifestyle Rooms

lifestyle rooms - Ellen DeGeneres' art barn living space on her California ranch - Elle Decor via Atticmag

On Ellen DeGeneres’ California ranch, there is no main house — just a complex of  lifestyle rooms in cabins and barns.

I finally found something in common with TV host Ellen DeGeneres. We both love building and decorating houses. I don’t know Ellen so I can’t say if it stops there. From my reading of an Elle Décor article about the 26-acre ranch in Hidden Valley, California, which she shares with wife Portia de Rossi, we also share a passion for mid-20th century furniture. Of course, one big difference is that she can afford an antique a Jean Prové desk and I can’t.… Continue Reading


Happy Holidays

New Year's eve fireworks in the night sky

“Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me…”

The lyrics from a song we used to sing in my high school choir came into my mind as I sat down to write this holiday greeting card. They seem appropriate to this turbulent year in the world. So I wanted to put them in bold, right at the top of my final post of 2014.

This past year has gone by all too quickly. And while I’m seeing out Attic Mag’s sixth year, this is the first one when it’s been just me here talking about kitchens and home décor.  … Continue Reading