Interior Textured Barn Doors

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Today’s post —  on interior textured barn doors — makes the eighth variation we’ve noted on this ever growing trend.

Four years ago this month we began to write about interior sliding barn-style doors and I won’t stop anytime soon.  One reason I believe barn-style doors are being seen so frequently in homes these days is their flexibility and individuality. They can be new or old. They make a statement in large or small passageways. They come in a variety of shapes and widths and work in a range of materials. Usually larger than standard passage doors, barn doors slide on special hardware which allows them to open up or close off spaces flexibly.… Continue Reading


Bathroom Window Wall

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Some of the most appealing bathrooms I’ve seen are those open to the outdoors via a bathroom window wall.

A modern or minimalist concept for a house is usually what produces a bathroom window wall. Then, of course, there’s the view. So architects favor neutral color schemes and natural materials such as stone and stone tile. That way, bath fixture tend to be less important than the transparency and the views. However, that doesn’t mean these baths dial back on luxury.

To some extent, the ability to use glass walls in a bath is a function of climate. But the stunning bath in a New Canaan, Connecticut house by Specht Harpman [top] plays off the fame of Phillip Johnson’s glass house, now a museum, in the same town.… Continue Reading


White Cottage Kitchen

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A white cottage kitchen with restored vintage appliances and a pair of blackboards offers a great blend of old and new.

In a renovated Northern California beach house, Benjamin Moore’s Snow on the Mountain paint was used as the icy white coating on the ceilings, shelves and cabinets — a blizzard like treatment that’s often found in Scandinavian kitchens, too.  White marble counters help keep the kitchen bright against dark stained wood floors which vividly point up the whiteness. Two blackboard surfaces — one on the dining side of a peninsula and the other on the refrigerator wall — provide areas for word art and soulful phrases written in white chalk.… Continue Reading


Contemporary Red Kitchens

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Considering a red kitchen? Think about the chic of going contemporary.

That’s because most of the modernistic red cabinets have a glossy red lacquer finish. With their clean lines and a slick surface these cabinets really look great in red. For me, it’s a dazzling look. As a plus, red is a natural partner for stainless steel so appliances tend to coordinate effortlessly with hardware and other contemporary style fixtures. A high rise “concept” kitchen [top] was created to showcase a Jenn Air pro-style range. Classically, it features a wall of high-gloss red cabinets with minimal handles in stainless. The concrete floor blends very well with the cool metallics.… Continue Reading


Tea Light Holder Elegance

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Don’t mistake a hand-assembled metal tea light holder for some Halloween-related accessory!

The soft glow when massed together with candles ablaze certainly looks festive — and the holidays are here. These are serious pieces from lighting designer Tom Dixon’s Etch collection, first introduced at the 2010 Salone Del Mobile in Milan. Produced in small numbers, each 5- x- 4 inch metal votive is crafted from etched .04 mm metal pieces digitally cut with an intricate pattern.

Tom Dixon is a leading English metal accessories designer who began his career welding scraps of salvage metal into beautiful, usable pieces. Born in Tunisia, it’s not surprising to see pierced metal as a major theme in his work since that is a tradition in North Africa.… Continue Reading


Built In Refrigerator Intelligence

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Today, the most critical measurement for any built in refrigerator is the fridge cabinet depth.

Anyone looking to invest in a built in refrigerator needs answers to a few simple questions: Which refrigerator is best? How long will it last? What’s the warranty? Can I get service in my area? Is the service reliable and prompt? And perhaps most important: how can I get the best deal? The last question is key today when a built in refrigerator is likely to eat up $5000 to $12,000 of the kitchen appliance budget. And since the size and design of a cabinet for the fridge is specific to the brand and preferred installation style, complexities and costs multiply.… Continue Reading