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Ways to decorate various rooms in the house

Five Laundry Room Features

laundry room features - master bathroom laundry closet with stacked European front loaders - bh & g via Atticmag

If anyone asked me what changed most in homes recently, I would cite laundry room features.

And  I’d need to credit new home builders and home renovators who are adding more functional —  and at the same time more customized  — laundry room features. Colored laundry appliances. Special large sinks. Integrated or hidden appliances. Laundry rooms that are multi purpose and combined with other uses. These are some of the features. Of course, it all depends on space.

When we renovated our house I took a marginally functional room, which doubled as an entry from the garage, and added a main coat closet for ourselves and guests.… Continue Reading

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Lifestyle Rooms

lifestyle rooms - Ellen DeGeneres' art barn living space on her California ranch - Elle Decor via Atticmag

On Ellen DeGeneres’ California ranch, there is no main house — just a complex of  lifestyle rooms in cabins and barns.

I finally found something in common with TV host Ellen DeGeneres. We both love building and decorating houses. I don’t know Ellen so I can’t say if it stops there. From my reading of an Elle Décor article about the 26-acre ranch in Hidden Valley, California, which she shares with wife Portia de Rossi, we also share a passion for mid-20th century furniture. Of course, one big difference is that she can afford an antique a Jean Prové desk and I can’t.… Continue Reading

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Attic Guest Rooms

attic guest room - blue and white floral pattern on upholstered walls in an English manor house - traditional home via atticmag

Pattern can be key to creating a charming attic guest rooms in old or new houses.

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

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Dressing Up Kids Room Decor

kids room decor - stenciled under bed storage bins - hgtv via atticmag

Here are eight kids room decor ideas –three with accessible DIY projects and handy tutorials.

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

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Attic Bedroom Accent Wall

attic bedroom accent wall - master bedroom with a picture window - meridian105 via atticmag

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

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Screen Porch Styles

Leaf green and white screen porch - Gridley & Grimes via Atticmag

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

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