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Happy Holidays

holidays - Christmas ornaments - Neiman Marcus via Atticmag

“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


Word Art

word art - love spelled out over the headboard in a master bedroom - phoenix home & garden via atticmag

Word art is considered “art” though it is actually more related to display.

At home, making a distinction between art and display probably isn’t as important as the visual effect and scale. Word art can be large or small; two or three dimensional. That is, the words can be painted or stenciled on a wall or written on a surface with chalk. They can be printed, engraved, painted or otherwise attached to a board or sign — new or old. Alternately, the words can composed of three dimensional letters made from a variety of materials. There can be color or not.… Continue Reading


Modern Museum Gifts

modern museum gifts - Charles Eames wire base table - museum of modern art via atticmag

Modern museum gifts from the Museum of Modern Art store blend great design and utility with home decor.

It’s become a tradition for me to shop museum gift stores around the country to find great Christmas gift ideas. This is my third year and, because Christmas is fast approaching, I’ve kept the selection concise and from a single source: the Museum of Modern Art in New York. My very first job after graduating from college was at MOMA typing photograph labels in a basement office. But what a joy as I was privileged to know this great museum intimately in its off hours.… Continue Reading


Coordinating Oriental Carpet Colors

Oriental carpet colors are kept consistent in the study of a historic house - ElleDecor via Atticmag

One way to maximize the impact of Oriental carpet colors is to keep them consistent from room to room.

That’s easy to say but creating a successful carpet colors scheme is not so easily done.  First, it’s necessary to be knowledgable about Oriental rugs which come from a variety of countries and regions, each with special characteristics. Those vary with age, quality, condition and price. Then it’s necessary to determine the sizes of carpets needed for various rooms. That can be a bit of a jigsaw puzzle which takes a long time to solve. So when I see rooms with carpet colors and sizes that are perfectly assembled, it’s worth taking a closer look.… Continue Reading


Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

color of the year 2015 Marsala - Pantone via Atticmag

When a fortified wine becomes color of the year 2015, both in name and hue, it shows how prestige gets packaged.

Of course, that’s the job of an outfit like Pantone, which just launched its color of the year 2015. It’s a forecast of a hue that will be appearing on clothes racks, furniture upholstery, paint palettes and all manner of consumer goods in the upcoming 12 months.

The color of the year 2015 — Marsala —  is a very familiar red-brown that we’ve been seeing on nail polish and lipstick for at least ten years and in industrial-style interiors for perhaps longer than that.… Continue Reading


Informal Christmas Flowers

Christmas flowers - two red cyclamen plants in an oval tin container - waitrose direct via atticmag

Natural and unstudied is the way to keep informal Christmas flowers festive.

Along with everything else that goes into decorating the house for Christmas, it’s nice to have some new ideas for informal Christmas flowers. What always interests me are flowers that are available, will hold for a while and don’t look very formal. I like to place them on the counter in the kitchen sometimes, on the console table in the front hall, or on the game table in our living room. These are spots where they can be seen and enjoyed throughout the day.

Red cyclamen [top] are an offbeat choice for Christmas but the color carries them.… Continue Reading