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Ideas for home decor objects and decorating styles using furniture, flooring, lighting, accessories, walls and ceilings in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, kids rooms, media rooms, libraries, and throughout the house.

Forever Young Designer Furniture

designer furniture - le corbusier lc4 chaise, 1928, with hairy hide covering- hive modern via atticmag

Exactly how old are those iconic designer furniture pieces that look so modern? The truth may surprise you.

The continuing popularity of 20th century modern designer furniture has led to a kind of visual shorthand. We look at a room and can easily spot a Saarinen table, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair, or an Arco floor lamp. It’s the home décor version of recognizing an Hermès handbag, Chanel suit, or Louboutin shoes. And since modern designer furniture is licensed to a handful of manufacturers, you can always buy it new from Hive Modern, Design within Reach, Knoll or Palazzetti.

But what’s old is new again: most of these best loved and most instantly recognized pieces of designer furniture are actually antiques!… Continue Reading


Tall Headboards

tall headboards - assemblage of beige cushion shapes from a hotel style headboard - via atticmag

Tall headboards are like diamonds. The larger they are the more attention they get.

That may be one reason why we are seeing a trend towards tall headboards — some so high they cover the entire wall above a bed and nearly reach the ceiling. From a practical standpoint, a tall headboard is also a decorative element since the size eliminates the need for art. Tall headboards add a different surface to the room and, at the same time, make a statement. Often called ‘hotel’ headboards, their form follows function with attention to bed — and why not?

Whimsical and stylish, this headboard-sculpture-wall art [top] really illustrates the point.… Continue Reading


Built In Flat Screen TVs

built in flat screen - combination home office & TV room with book shelves built around the flat screen - Elle Decor via Atticmag

With built in flat-screen TVs, we’ve run the gamut from accessory to basic fixture. And home design has followed.

First, built in flat screen TVs went into those low-slung media stands which quickly went out of favor because they weren’t well designed. Then TVs helped ramp up the vintage and antique armoire market so they could be set up and then shut away. Some, like Allison’s TVwere disguised behind sliding door panels. Then, hanging brackets became heavy duty and folks started to slap up a flat screen on almost any wall. Next came the media room where the flat screen stars.… Continue Reading


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