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Ways to decorate various rooms in the house

Screen Porch Styles

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

From lake house to country, the screen porch takes on  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


High Country Bedrooms

country bedrooms - fabric-upholstered bed niche framed by hickory timbers - Pearson Design Group via Atticmag

Opposites attract in country bedrooms when fabric-covered walls are matched with unrefined wood.

Unfinished, unpainted, unfussy and uncomplicated rough-hewn beams are hallmarks of country style. But contradictions abound when it comes to home décorating, which is why fabric on the walls looks fabulous with rustic wood. And as these two country bedrooms show — plaids rule! Something as fussy as a tufted, upholstered bed niche seems incongruously framed by split logs [top]. But I think the high-low combination works when the color scheme mixes pale gray with tones also found in the timbers.

A little-boy-blue plaid fabric was used by Anthony Baratta to upholster the walls and ceiling between the exposed beam of a two-story bedroom.… Continue Reading


Headboards on the Wall

wall mounted headboards - wood plank headboard with Vitruvian scoll incising – Eileen Fisher via Atticmag

Wall mounted headboards can be surprisingly inventive and easy to create or find.

When we lived in our apartment our bed had a slip-covered headboard attached to the Harvard bedframe. Because we hung out in there – it doubled as our TV room and too often the dining room – a padded headboard was a comfortable choice and easy to maintain. Now, for our house, we chose a wood-frame bed with an integral headboard and low footboard – much more of a furniture statement. But it bothers me that our guest room doesn’t have a proper headboard, only our daughter’s repurposed platform bed.… Continue Reading


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