Built In Flat Screen TVs

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With built in flat-screen TVs, we’ve run the gamut from accessory to basic fixture. And home design has followed.

First, built in flat screen TVs went into those low-slung media stands which quickly went out of favor because they weren’t well designed. Then TVs helped ramp up the vintage and antique armoire market so they could be set up and then shut away. Some, like Allison’s TVwere disguised behind sliding door panels. Then, hanging brackets became heavy duty and folks started to slap up a flat screen on almost any wall. Next came the media room where the flat screen stars.… Continue Reading

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Traditional Bathroom Fireplaces

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I always enjoy seeing traditional bathroom fireplaces — in older homes or in new homes.

I also wonder when baths like the renovated gray and white beauty [top] were redone and how that room was used in the past. But practically speaking, it doesn’t matter. The idea is to consider the baths as we find them and understand the ideas that make them notable.

Telltale signs of a European location in the white and gray bath are clear. First, there’s the style of the toilet with the tank on top. The seat also is one seen in France — a photo in Allison’s Tiling with Pennies post noted that the commode had been imported.… Continue Reading

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Collecting Americana

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For anyone interested in collecting Americana, there is a wide variety of folk art and objects to explore.

All of us express our passions partly through what we love, buy and display. Sometimes it’s fine art. Other times it’s odd objects with little value.  And it can be everything in between. My little collection of Americana happens to be floral Hubley painted doorstops. I began with a single piece I saw in an antique shop and expanded as I discovered a micro market for them on eBay. Everyone has their special “stuff.”

Top New York decorator Ellie Cullman collects Americana, displayed in her family’s house which was renovated and modernized a few years ago.… Continue Reading

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Bottle Green Kitchens

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The world of color may be focused on Marsala but lately I’m seeing sophisticated wine bottle green kitchens.

There’s a green kitchens renaissance going on but not the recycling kind.  A few years back, kitchen cabinet greens were bright and sharp with a clear appetite for food colors like lime, apple and pistachio. Then emerald green became the decorator’s darling and the greens turned blacker and bluer. But kitchens tend to lag behind decorating color trends or miss them entirely. Kitchen color most often goes to neutrals such as white, gray and wood tones as many home owners shy away from color commitments.… Continue Reading

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French Mattress Style

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Tufted and hand stitched with rounded edges a French mattress has a special understated, vintage and antique look that has remained in style for hundreds of years.

Today, French mattresses are most often used on daybeds, sometimes on sofas, and occasionally for pillows. Originally though, they were crafted from striped cotton ticking, filled with cotton batting, tufted to keep the batting evenly in place, and given a welted edge for a smooth finish and durability.

If you’ve ever gone to a flea market in Europe, you might have encountered old-fashioned metal beds with metal mesh across the frame to support the mattress.… Continue Reading

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Four Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas

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Four kitchen tile backsplash ideas guarantee unique results and a one-of-a-kind kitchen look.

Nothing says “it’s my kitchen” more than the choice of a tile backsplash. And no aspect of kitchen design is more difficult for most people to choose. That’s why backsplashes are often left for last when the budget is nearly gone and renovationm fatigue has set in. At that point, too many people can’t make up their minds and settle for the most generic, least expensive option which leads to the backsplash blahs. We’ve all seen them in endless numbers of kitchens: the same monotone white subway tiles, small glass mosaics, stacked rectangles, and the same boring neutrals.… Continue Reading

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