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Accent pieces that give rooms and houses great character and comfort

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


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


Tea Light Holder Elegance

tea light holder - The geometric shapes of Etch holders by Tom Dixon diffuse candlelight into beautiful patterns - suiteny via atticag

Don’t mistake a hand-assembled metal tea light holder for some Halloween-related accessory!

The soft glow when massed together with candles ablaze certainly looks festive — and the holidays are here. These are serious pieces from lighting designer Tom Dixon’s Etch collection, first introduced at the 2010 Salone Del Mobile in Milan. Produced in small numbers, each 5- x- 4 inch metal votive is crafted from etched .04 mm metal pieces digitally cut with an intricate pattern.

Tom Dixon is a leading English metal accessories designer who began his career welding scraps of salvage metal into beautiful, usable pieces. Born in Tunisia, it’s not surprising to see pierced metal as a major theme in his work since that is a tradition in North Africa.… Continue Reading


Buttons and Bows

dining chair slipcovers - linen-slipcovered dining chair with button detail - duispy via Atticmag

Dining chair slipcovers have embellished  fastenings to complement any decorative style.

Tailored or frilly? Traditional or cottage? Small details like buttons and bows (and let’s not overlook pleats and hemlines) help define the look of dining chair slipcovers, particularly on chairs with backs facing into the room. Slipcovers can have plain edges where Velcro or snaps do the job of keeping them closed. But they often take on the aspect of clothing for furniture (versus permanent upholstery) so dress details abound.  Covered buttons with loop closures [top] do a neat job of keeping things in place on the chair back. The single button on the seat cover almost feels demure and while I’m usually one for clean edging, the scalloped bottom gives this otherwise linen cover a custom look.… Continue Reading


Grand Bedroom Monograms

Bedroom monograms can include Horchow's Emporia monogrammed headboard - Horchow via Atticmag

Large-scale bedroom monograms look great on or around a bed and leave no doubt who dwells there.

The sly pride in personalization encourages us to consider bedroom monograms which are particularly private spaces. There, the tradition of monogrammed linens — originally done by hand and still highly valued —  has been expanded. An upholsterd headboard [top] like Horchow’s  “Emporia” offers vibrant color with built-in patterning from the oversized letters. In time, a grand (large scale) monogram  should prove less costly than embossing numerous sets of sheets and makes a bolder statement than, say, a blanket cover.

With a four-poster and other bed styles, the monogram can be stenciled right on the wall, thanks to Alphabet Garden Decals, about $40.… Continue Reading


Suzani Season

Pottery Barn suzani-upholstered stool

Renamed “artisan-made finds,” centuries-old suzani textiles are launched as “new” for fall.

See the lovely flowered textile draped over the back of the velvet-covered Chesterfield sofa in the foreground of this living room? That’s a large suzani textile and if you look carefully you can see a pillow in a similar pattern on a chair to the left (just behind the lamp). Back in 2008, Allison discovered some of these lovely silk-embroidered pillow covers (then about $35) for her great room chairs [below] from an eBay seller in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I was familiar with suzanis having encountered a few gorgeous examples of these traditional Central Asian textiles with fruit and floral motifs at a Sotheby’s rug auction the previous year.… Continue Reading