Full-story attics, in old houses, often housed storage rooms or servants’ quarters where slanting ceilings and small windows weren’t considerations. Those bedrooms were principally occupied at night. Over the last fifty years, many top-floor spaces have been modernized and converted into usable room of various types. Chief among these, I’m finding, are attic guest rooms where architectural quirks are often diminished or neutralized by introducing pattern on the walls. Most often, pattern is provided by wallpaper but fabric also can be backed in various ways and applied to walls and ceilings with the same effect.… Continue Reading
Ways to decorate various rooms in the house
Our granddaughter, Zoe turned six this week and it’s been a delight to hear details of her school party (brownies with oreos baked in), the hilarious menu for her sleep over (Indian food and pizza), and the various gifts she received (a waterproof shower radio and talking alarm clock in addition to a matching sweater for her favorite baby, Giraffy.) So its no surprise my attention turned to rooms for children and fun things to put in them. “Fun things” are, of course, a matter of taste and judgment.… Continue Reading
A bedroom added in an attic is bound to be an interesting, unique space and a bonus for the house.
One of the most dramatic transformations I’ve ever seen here was the Old-House Attic Master Suite our artist-decorator friend Amy built for herself and her husband. So I believe in attic bedrooms. We’ve presented other ideas for attic spaces but I think bedrooms are most important because, in addition to making the owners more comfortable, adding a bedroom increases the value of a house.
But building a successful bedroom in an attic has its challenges. Roof lines can create short or irregular walls or areas where the ceiling is angled and too low to stand comfortably.… Continue Reading
From lake house to country, screened in porches have many different looks.
After being closed in during the long cold winter that just passed, I’m fully enjoying the warm, early summer breezes that start up in late afternoon. That’s when I crank open the windows in our sun room – there are 11 — and make it into a screen porch that doesn’t turn cold until after dinner. I haven’t photographed my sun room yet although I’m nearly ready to. When I do, I’ll link it to this post which lets me explore a few different screen porch styles.
Leaf green [top] feels spring-fresh on a lake-house sun porch.… Continue Reading
Opposites attract in country bedrooms when fabric-covered walls are matched with unrefined wood.
Unfinished, unpainted, unfussy and uncomplicated rough-hewn beams are hallmarks of country style. But contradictions abound when it comes to home décorating, which is why fabric on the walls looks fabulous with rustic wood. And as these two country bedrooms show — plaids rule! Something as fussy as a tufted, upholstered bed niche seems incongruously framed by split logs [top]. But I think the high-low combination works when the color scheme mixes pale gray with tones also found in the timbers.
A little-boy-blue plaid fabric was used by Anthony Baratta to upholster the walls and ceiling between the exposed beam of a two-story bedroom.… Continue Reading
Wall mounted headboards can be surprisingly inventive and easy to create or find.
When we lived in our apartment our bed had a slip-covered headboard attached to the Harvard bedframe. Because we hung out in there – it doubled as our TV room and too often the dining room – a padded headboard was a comfortable choice and easy to maintain. Now, for our house, we chose a wood-frame bed with an integral headboard and low footboard – much more of a furniture statement. But it bothers me that our guest room doesn’t have a proper headboard, only our daughter’s repurposed platform bed.… Continue Reading