Zebra on the Floor

mid-century zebra print kilim in a dining space – AD via Atticmag

Zebra print carpets are so enduring, every shape, size and variation is available, from skin-shape throw rugs to broadloom.

So if I’m going for pattern and high contrast on the floor, zebra print carpets are an  obvious solution. First, they are black and white, which means they go with almost everything. Zebra is a bold carpet pattern but it’s less slinky than leopard or tiger. And while any animal print is a traditional pick, I find the zebra pattern can look quite modern when it’s pushed by other elements. Sublimely abstract in a mid-20th century Persian kilim [top] the zebra rug in a Sagaponack summer house hardly looks its age.… Continue Reading

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French Manor House Bath

Blue bathroom in an updated French manor house - inspiracionline via Atticmag

In ancient French bath in a manor house retains its antique atmosphere.

How charming and quintessentially French is this unfitted bath in an updated manor house in Champagne? Of course, it could be Sweden or Belgium too. Styled to look cozy, the room has a settee, a chair and a privacy screen in front of the window. It also appears to be L-shaped, with additional sanitary facilities out of view (or in another room entirely, which sometimes happens in old houses).

In the days before indoor plumbing, servants would have filled the freestanding slipper tub by hand, using buckets of hot water.… Continue Reading

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4 Unusual Kitchen Ideas

4 unusual kitchen ideas - Recessed range ventilation in Fritz Hansen Copenhagen showroom kitchen – desiretoinspire via Atticmag

Modern? Yes. Functional? Yes. Different? That too.

I’m always on the looking for kitchen ideas that feel new or innovative, ones that set this room apart and keep it looking current. That’s not always easy because kitchens – traditional, modern, rustic and even cottage styles — have settled into a certain visual language over the past ten years and aren’t budging much. These days, really new kitchen ideas and features are found on the contemporary or modernist side, as we saw in the hidden cabinets of the Curved Oak Kitchen, or the Under Counter Refrigeration in a kitchen of that same name.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon 4

Edwin slipper chair with walnut frame and wool-poly upholstery – Room & Board via Atticmag

Modern & vintage variations on slipper chairs for any room. Part 4 – Exposed Frames.

One reason I’ve done this series of posts on slipper chairs is purely practical. These are, for the most part, exceptionally approachable and affordable pieces of furniture everyone needs.  One chair may be better for perching while another is made for lounging – that’s fairly obvious. But dimensions — the facts of each design – as well as the angle of the back, the height of the seat, and the way a chair is upholstered (including what’s underneath) affects its comfort. If someone is 6-foot-2 they won’t love sitting in a small low chair.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon 3

Caned rattan slipper chair with loose upholstered cushion - Wisteria via Atticmag

Modern & vintage skirted on slipper chairs for any room. Part 3 – Covered Bases.

One type of slipper chair has feet rather than legs. That’s made possible when the seat deck is elongated until it essentially sits on feet. Or, legs may be covered by a fabric skirt and  embellishments such as fringe to the same effect. Naturally boxy in style, this third genre in my  slipper chairs marathon looks comfortable and substantial. But again, lacking arms, the height, depth and tilt of the seat are the critical factors that affect whether it is easy to sit down and get up – or not.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon 2

slipper chairs - Avington slipper chair upholstered in leaf-and-branch pattern – Target via Atticmag

Modern & vintage variations on slipper chairs for any room. Part 2 – Neutral legs, long and short.

When I evaluate any chair I focus first on the legs. That’s the way I was taught to approach antiques, where furniture legs and feet are helpful in determining style. So when it came to organizing the 26 pieces in my slipper chairs marathon, the legs became a more important distinguishing feature than silhouette or even height. Slipper chairs in Part I had turned legs; some with casters to enhance portability. This second, more contemporary group has somewhat neutral legs – square or round – which  are smooth and of various heights.… Continue Reading

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