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
Ways to decorate various rooms in the house
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
High end closets have expanded way beyond walk-ins. I think of them as dressing room closets because they are, indeed, rooms of their own and places to get dressed rather than merely for clothing storage. The current concept behind a dressing room closet is specialized feature ideas borrowed from high end boutiques. That means everything’s on display and closets are luxurious, with at least six key features.
1. Ample Shoe Shelves. See those stilettos lined up with the heels facing out? [top] Those are supermodel Gisèle Bundchen’s Louboutins displayed so the busy and glamorous Mom can put her hand on exactly the pair she needs.… Continue Reading
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
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
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