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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.

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


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


Unconventional Fireplace Mantels

Examples of unconventional fireplace mantels include this small hybrid Victorian painted maple mantel used for display - dominomag via atticmag

Whatever their age or origin, fireplace mantels are as individual as the styles that inspired them.

This is a tale of two highly unconventional fireplace mantels — one created with a special intent and  one antique used in a special way. One mantel is modern. One could not be more traditional. And yet each has unique characteristics that makes it memorable and noteworthy. As we approach Christmas, and mantels become a focus for holiday decorations, a closer look at this house feature seems natural.

Eccentric or boho (bohemian) is how I’d describe the style of a carved and painted Victorian Montreal antiques store find [top].… Continue Reading


Minimalist Gallery Style Displays

minimalist gallery style displays of tin birds in a guest room - Architectural Digest via Atticmag

If you’ve ever walked into a Calvin Klein boutique you’ve seen gallery style displays — white walls, floating shelves, and merchandise that repeats but without a hint of clutter.

That minimalist aesthetic is intended to showcase the objects by presenting them without any distractions from the background. That’s why walls are inevitably white, edges are crisp and objects carefully arranged — ideas associated with art galleries.

When gallery style displays are applied to a home it can be seen as clean — or spare. It’s a matter of perception. What’s indisputable is that few want to live in homes as intentionally staged as art galleries and even fewer can maintain that level of neatness and organization for very long.… Continue Reading