Small Pet Beds

small pet beds - pet bed made from an oak wine barrel - Phoenix Home & Garden via Atticmag

Crates and barrels can be easily transformed into small pet beds, whether they’re done as custom jobs or DIY projects.

As a non-pet person I wan’t focused on various types of furniture for our furry companions but Allison’s interest and enthusiasm taught me to keep an eye out for interesting designs, especially for small pet beds which would be suitable for dogs or cats.

One of the chicest I’ve seen is this oak cask repurposed as a pet bed [top] with an elegant round striped cushion. The barrel staves were neatly cut above and below two of the steel bands to create the niche and the oak on the exterior appears to be sealed with oil — the way an oak floor would be treated.… Continue Reading


Natural Stokes Fire Starters

Stokes Fire Starters are eco-friendly and made in the USA - Atticmag

Natural Stokes Fire Starters are a newly minted, eco-friendly product made in New England.

Here in the woods our nightly ritual during the winter months is to light a fire, keep it going throughout the evening, and let the embers die as we go to bed. Usually, I layer the fire grate with scrunched up brown paper grocery bags or pages from the weekly newspaper circular, nestle in a few pieces of fat wood, top that with kindling and then add the logs.

But a few days ago, our daughter Rebecca made the fire lighting easier and greener with a gift of natural Stokes Fire Starters, which have no harmful chemicals and are safe to touch without gloves.… Continue Reading


Lifestyle Rooms

lifestyle rooms - Ellen DeGeneres' art barn living space on her California ranch - Elle Decor via Atticmag

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


No Upper Cabinet Kitchens

no upper cabinet kitchens - neutral color tile and windows in a kitchen with base cabinet storage space - Veranda via Atticmag

Kitchens are blending into the house more often,  which is why no upper cabinet kitchens are gaining in popularity.

Leaf through any current home décor magazine and you’re bound to see no upper cabinet kitchens that look very open. That’s because spaces usually occupied shallow upper cabinets have given way to windows, walls with surface treatments such as tile or wood paneling, or walls with open shelving. It’s not often the most notable, or noticed, feature and it’s not restricted to a particular style. These four kitchens, which range from traditional to minimalistic, are very different. Their one common denominator is the absence of upper cabinets.… Continue Reading


Happy Holidays

New Year's eve fireworks in the night sky

“Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me…”

The lyrics from a song we used to sing in my high school choir came into my mind as I sat down to write this holiday greeting card. They seem appropriate to this turbulent year in the world. So I wanted to put them in bold, right at the top of my final post of 2014.

This past year has gone by all too quickly. And while I’m seeing out Attic Mag’s sixth year, this is the first one when it’s been just me here talking about kitchens and home décor.  … Continue Reading


Word Art

word art - love spelled out over the headboard in a master bedroom - phoenix home & garden via atticmag

Word art is considered “art” though it is actually more related to display.

At home, making a distinction between art and display probably isn’t as important as the visual effect and scale. Word art can be large or small; two or three dimensional. That is, the words can be painted or stenciled on a wall or written on a surface with chalk. They can be printed, engraved, painted or otherwise attached to a board or sign — new or old. Alternately, the words can composed of three dimensional letters made from a variety of materials. There can be color or not.… Continue Reading