Archive | Rooms

Ways to decorate various rooms in the house

Single Pattern Rooms

single pattern rooms - London bedroom done in mattress ticking fabric - Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi via Atticmag

A French invention of the 18th century, single pattern rooms use one fabric to cover the walls, furniture and draperies.

Back in the early days of domestic interior design the fashion was for everything to match.  Single pattern rooms had a very intense look. Today, rooms decorated in this style are viewed as hyper traditional — even archival. Fabric-covered walls can be wildly expensive when the required yardage is added up and the look isn’t a DIY favorite. That’s no surprise since upholstering walls perfectly — so the pattern isn’t thrown off — takes special skills.

The iconic fabrics for this single pattern rooms are mattress ticking stripes and checks.… Continue Reading

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Colorful Mudrooms

colorful mudrooms - cottage mudroom with bright blue accents similar to Benjamin Moore's Skylark Song - House to Home via Atticmag

Colorful mudrooms — even when the color is neutral — offer a hint of personality in the entryway of a house.

For a long time most mudrooms I saw were white, just like kitchens. As places to house boots, hats, umbrellas, jackets, dog leashes and assorted other outdoor gear the use of white made them a bit fussy for me. In addition to color, a mudroom (or boot room) by definition serves a function. In a way it’s a glorified closet but a public one. Elaborate woodwork is not always required. Even a small space can benefit from a shelf rack with pegs and a storage bench like the ones from a U.K.… Continue Reading

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Million Dollar Decorator Bedrooms

bedrooms - Tamara Mellon's ottoman inspired bedroom by Martin Lawrence Bullard - Elle Décor via Atticmag

Bedrooms by famous decorators, like these by Martin Lawrence Bullard, are tailored to each client — at least on the surface.

That’s certainly true of four bedrooms by Million Dollar Decorator star Martin Lawrence Bullard whose work I first saw on the Bravo TV show. The series I caught showed Mr. Bullard decorating the New York home of Jimmy Choo shoe queen Tamara Mellon. One highlight was the episode where a massive piece of stone for the top of the dining room table was hoisted into her townhouse by a crane set up in the street. Last year, Ms. Mellon filed a lawsuit against the decorator, as reported by TMZ.Continue Reading

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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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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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