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Pullman Beds

Pullman beds - built in back to back twin beds in alcoves with curtains in a brown and white guest room - Phoenix Home & Garden via Atticmag

Most of us know about Pullman beds from old movies where trains had sleeper cars for overnight travel.

One year, I took an overnight train trip from Paris to Nice. That was my first experience with Pullman cars, the famous French wagons lits — sleeping compartments outfitted with curtained beds. Since traveling companions were often strangers, curtains added privacy and helped block out light. Today, the Pullman beds concept has steamed into guest rooms and kids rooms where they are often elaborately built in — sometimes singly and sometimes doubled up.

Also called nooks and alcoves, Pullman beds may have windows and reading lights.… Continue Reading

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Laundry Room Baskets

laundry room baskets - white laundry room with Dutch door and open base cabinet storage for 4 laundry baskets - BH&G via Atticmag

I’m envious when I see great set ups of laundry room baskets in specially designed spaces.

My laundry room is too compact for an array of laundry room baskets either on shelves or wheels. So my wash day routine produces piles clothes on the floor. Then, clean, folded clothes end up in bunches on the counter to be transported upstairs. Before and after baskets would be far more handy. The airy white laundry room with a charming Dutch door [top] illustrates why! Everyone sees storage differently but I would use the top row of baskets for sorting and the bottom ones for carrying laundry to its destination.… Continue Reading

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Strategies for Hanging Draperies

hanging draperies - White and brown lantern print draperies hanging below a window crown molding - Fine Home Building via Atticmag

I’m always interested in methods for hanging draperies which may not be as obvious as they look.

By strategies, I mean how hanging draperies relates to the windows and ceiling in any room. Additionally, I take an interest in the choice of rods used for hanging draperies because rods are the supporting actors. One thing most people don’t realize is that draperies are deceptively heavy. Additionally, drapery hardware may add to the weight. For draperies to look great, it’s essential to get hardware properly placed and securely installed. That’s why I like to spend a time looking at draperies and checking out refinements that add to their beauty.… Continue Reading

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White on White Mosaic Tile

white mosaic tile - Tilt Collection Daisy pattern in white gloss - Walker Zanger via Atticmag

Check out these white mosaic tile shapes — lovely alternatives to the 1-inch white mosaic dot tile that many architects favor.

Just this week, while looking for a blue and white tile I’d seen in a magazine, I literally stumbled across a number of shaped white mosaic tile patterns in the Walker Zanger Tilt collection. Five different shapes of these white-on-white stoneware (ceramic) mosaics struck me as stunning, interesting, unique, and different from anything I’d seen. Mosaics are small scale, of course, and I favor mosaics for the richness all the little pieces add to a wall. I’m not so much for big horsey tile so I was immediately drawn to these.… Continue Reading

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Dressing Room Closet Must-Haves

dressing room closet - Gisele Bunchen’s cream-colored closet in Boston - AD via Atticmag

Planning an elegant dressing room closet? See six essential features these have in common.

High end closets have expanded way beyond walk-ins. I think of them as dressing room closets because they are, indeed, rooms of their own and places to get dressed rather than merely for clothing storage. The current concept behind a dressing room closet is specialized feature ideas borrowed from high end boutiques. That means everything’s on display and closets are luxurious, with at least six key features.

1. Ample Shoe Shelves. See those stilettos lined up with the heels facing out? [top] Those are supermodel Gisèle Bundchen’s Louboutins displayed so the busy and glamorous Mom can put her hand on exactly the pair she needs.… Continue Reading

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Built In Dog Beds

built in dog beds - custom dog bed with pediment and metal grill door in a new mudroom - LDA Architecture and Interiors via Atticmag

Ever more elaborate and clever, built in dog beds have now become common in home renovation plans.

Just four years ago, Allison did a post called Built Ins for Pets with photos and ideas for built in dog beds, feeding stations and cute spaces for cats. Photos from that post has been pinned 434,000 times! Yes, you read that correctly. The sequel, Built Ins for Pets 2, offered even more ideas for creating attractive spaces especially for our cats and dogs and had more than 15,000 pins. So it’s time for more built in ideas — especially for dogs.

A whimsical classical pediment above the wire mesh door is one of the most original details I’ve seen.… Continue Reading

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