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Ways to decorate various rooms in the house

Daughter of All Plateracks

double plate rack wall in the home of Janet de Botton - habitually chic via atticmag

Doubling up on a plate rack wall filled with china makes an impressive display, even when it’s all white.

Last year, during our kitchen week, I posted a photo of a kitchen that was one of the inspirations for my own. I had stumbled across the Porcelain Kitchen at Thureholm Castle in Trosa, Sweden (1747) in a book called “Country Houses of Sweden,” by Barbara and Rene Stoeltie (Taschen), which includes images of rooms from many of Sweden’s most famous 18th and 19th century manor houses.  Once glimpse of the amazing gigantic plate racks and I knew I wanted a Swedish hutch with a plate rack on top in my own kitchen.… Continue Reading


Linen Closet Looks

linen closet organization - open shelves and basket storage - pinterest via atticmag

From a small cupboard to a large open area there are numerous options for linen closet organization.

Linen storage is one of those do-your-best propositions because houses often lack really ample space for stashing sheets, pillows and extra blankets for every bed, or towels for each bath. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an old house with a walk-in linen closet or a droolworthy linen room with built-in cupboards, almost any armoire, a salvage cabinet (or even a bookshelf) can do the job. Putting together a system of linen closet organization is a matter of creating available real estate combined with effective, practical tactics for using it.… Continue Reading


Pinkalicious Bedrooms

pink bedrooms - pink princess crown headboard in a girl's bedroom - kidskammers via atticmag

Small children have favorite colors and pink bedrooms are often #1.

Pre-schoolers and primary graders use color and shape to identify things, researchers say, which may explain the rosy fixation kids can develop, particularly when it comes to their bedroom decor. If pink bedrooms are must-haves for little girls, I favor simplicity and mutability versus overwhelming color and accessories. It’s easier to change out a rug, paint an accent wall, or swap out bedding in than it is to break down and redecorate an entire room. For the adorable princess bedroom [top] the crown wall decal sets the color scheme and acts as a headboard, too.… Continue Reading


Fitted Laundry Rooms

laundry room built ins - Hamptons Design show house - ikeafans via atticmag

Laundry room built ins are fitted to the space and that’s the direction laundry rooms are taking these days.

When I was designing my laundry room I wanted to take advantage of the 13-foot length of the space to build the longest possible counter. I knew that space would be invaluable for folding clothes and linens and, as a result, I created a few laundry room built ins, including a bank of drawers, a wine refrigerator, and a front loading washer and dryer fitted below a stone counter. During the year before the renovation, I’d had a laundry room with a top loading washer and dryer, no counter whatsoever,  and a freestanding plastic laundry sink.… Continue Reading


One Room, Three Ideas

living room decorating ideas - living room with bathtub sofa and oversize by D'Erlanger and Sloan - House&Garden via Atticmag

Good living room decorating ideas that can be used with many style.

Occasionally I find an interior that fascinates me — this living room in a 19th century house in London designed by D’Erlanger and Sloan — is one. It’s a lovely sitting room, comfortable and liveable, though not extraordinary or breathtaking. So what’s the draw? I found three living room decorating ideas that that set it apart.

1. Sofa with a Personality.  An unusual sofa will be a focal point in any room. And this antique French “bathtub” sofa, with oval ends that wrap around to the front, is rare.… Continue Reading


Rethinking Interior Doors

Torggler kinetic door - flip panel, evolution door - Klemens Torggler via Atticmag

The flip-panel Torggler kinetic door takes opening and closing beyond the slider.

Many aspects of our homes are changing due to technology – lighting, heating and alarm systems, appliances and insulation. Now, an Austrian artist named Klemens Torggler is rethinking a basic feature that hasn’t changed for centuries: the door. Photographs and videos, posted on YouTube, show the concept better than any written description.

The Torggler kinetic door is essentially two squares joined together by bars that allow both pieces to pivot across and away from the door opening rather than swinging. The system of rods braced behind the squares eliminates the need for the door to move on tracks or on traditional hinges.… Continue Reading