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Ways to decorate various rooms in the house

Fitted Laundry Rooms

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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

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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


More Cozy Alcove Beds

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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


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


Interior Greenhouse

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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