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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

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More Cozy Alcove Beds

alcove beds- modern single alcove bed with black and white curtains - Stephen Shubel via Atticmag

Singles or doubles, these snuggle-down built-in alcove beds always look so inviting.

Two aspects of built-in alcove beds fascinate me. First is the old-fashioned concept of an architectural plan that leaves a space just large enough to contain a bed that is closed in. Second is the way these awkward spaces are embellished and often made into special nests for guest or kid’s rooms. Difficulties changing sheets and making the beds don’t seem to be obstacles.

Alcove beds can be modern as our first Cozy Bed Alcove post showed. Or they can be as eccentric as Stephen Shubel’s whimsical black and white curtained affair [top].… Continue Reading

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Layering Pattern

mixing patterns - layered rose patterns in a sitting room - Vogue Living via Atticmag

The term layered is used as a catchall for interiors with many elements. But there’s more to the idea of mixing patterns.

At its most obvious, layering is hanging pictures on a papered wall, adding multiple quilts to a bed, or stacking up vintage trunks to occupy corner space. At worst, it’s overcrowding a table with too many objects or seeing a home that’s so over decorated it descends into clutter. At its best, layering can — and should — be artistic, with focus and specific visual intent. And while it’s rare to find a single photo that explains that really well, I feel this one does.… Continue Reading

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Interior Greenhouse

interior greenhouse in a Luxemberg loft - Metaform via Atticmag

Glassed-in planters help soften contemporary rooms.

If I owned an urban loft and was thinking about renovation I would definitely consider an interior greenhouse. What I mean by “interior” is that the greenhouse is contained within a room — it’s not built on to a room as an extension. This space for plants in a Luxembourg apartment building is thoroughly contemporary as it also acts as a room divider in the main living area [top].  I’d likely want to style it up with interesting tables and colorful orchids so it looked good from any view but creating a plant bed at floor level works as well.… Continue Reading

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Neutral Bedrooms

neutral bedroom decor - Wayne Windham Architects via Atticmag

From light to dark, the question of neutral bedroom decor lies ultimately in the eye of the beholder.

Anyone can identify an interior as “neutral” but fine it down and things can get a little well, murky. Does neutral mean all white – the absence of color? Is it gray, beige, taupe with various mix-ins of white and cream? What about the validity of lavender, which was declared a neutral a few years ago.  And how dark can you go before moving out of neutral territory in a room? My thought is that most so-called neutral rooms are actually monochromatic since they have low contrast and similar color values.… Continue Reading

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Geometric Wallpaper Envy

geometric wallpaper - multi-color geometric Circus wallpaper by Cole & Son via Atticmag

A kaleidoscope of geometric wallpaper color creates instant impact in the foyer.

An entry hall is a relatively small area that speaks volumes about its owner, and this one is screaming. A striking graphic geometric wallpaper pattern called Circus, from the Cole & Son Geometric Collection, turned an ordinary traditional style foyer into breathtaking space. The large scale print wall covering is also available in monochromatic design or a simple grey scale, and can be custom-sized.  A dramatic box chandelier plays nicely off the lines of the wallpaper.  The use of bold color and pattern can be intimidating but pays off, turning a pass-through space into a destination — grab a book and pull up a chair.… Continue Reading

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