Modern Outdoor Showers

modern outdoor showers - poolside deck shower with MGS stainless steel floor mounted CB406 shower against a wood plinth - MGS via Atticmag

Flat and square with an emphasis on their shapes and surfaces, modern outdoor showers are just a bit showy.

There’s something wonderfully elemental about showering outdoors on a hot, sunny day whether you’ve just taken a swim in a friend’s pool, or you’ve stripped down in the privacy of your own yard after working up a sweat in the garden. But this collection of modern outdoor showers suggests something a bit more formal — a level of luxury geared to impress and be used by guests. That’s not to say they are elaborate. Quite the opposite.

On an elaborately planked and planted deck, alongside an infinity pool, a towering 8-foot tall, wooden slab is the anchor for an supremely elegant outdoor shower [top].… Continue Reading

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Strategies for Hanging Draperies

hanging draperies - White and brown lantern print draperies hanging below a window crown molding - Fine Home Building via Atticmag

I’m always interested in methods for hanging draperies which may not be as obvious as they look.

By strategies, I mean how hanging draperies relates to the windows and ceiling in any room. Additionally, I take an interest in the choice of rods used for hanging draperies because rods are the supporting actors. One thing most people don’t realize is that draperies are deceptively heavy. Additionally, drapery hardware may add to the weight. For draperies to look great, it’s essential to get hardware properly placed and securely installed. That’s why I like to spend a time looking at draperies and checking out refinements that add to their beauty.… Continue Reading

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White on White Mosaic Tile

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Check out these white mosaic tile shapes — lovely alternatives to the 1-inch white mosaic dot tile that many architects favor.

Just this week, while looking for a blue and white tile I’d seen in a magazine, I literally stumbled across a number of shaped white mosaic tile patterns in the Walker Zanger Tilt collection. Five different shapes of these white-on-white stoneware (ceramic) mosaics struck me as stunning, interesting, unique, and different from anything I’d seen. Mosaics are small scale, of course, and I favor mosaics for the richness all the little pieces add to a wall. I’m not so much for big horsey tile so I was immediately drawn to these.… Continue Reading

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Celebrity Kitchens Are Just Like Ours

celebrity kitchens - Tommy Mottola and Thalia’s white and stainless steel kitchen with pro ovens - AD via Atticmag

Are celebrity kitchens just like ours? The answer is yes, and why is something of a surprise.

When I saw these four celebrity kitchens in Architectural Digest I thought to myself: they re not especially formal, they have a variety of styles, and they were created according to the needs and wishes of the owners. That’s what makes them just like ours.

Take the all-white kitchen, with stainless steel accents, [top] in the Greenwich, Connecticut home of Mexican pop star Thalia and her Casablanca Records exec husband Tommy Mottola (Mariah Carey’s ex). With two small children and a love of entertaining, the expansive kitchen fits Thalia’s definition of informal luxury — “we cook, we eat, we have music,” the singer said. … Continue Reading

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Dressing Room Closet Must-Haves

dressing room closet - Gisele Bunchen’s cream-colored closet in Boston - AD via Atticmag

Planning an elegant dressing room closet? See six essential features these have in common.

High end closets have expanded way beyond walk-ins. I think of them as dressing room closets because they are, indeed, rooms of their own and places to get dressed rather than merely for clothing storage. The current concept behind a dressing room closet is specialized feature ideas borrowed from high end boutiques. That means everything’s on display and closets are luxurious, with at least six key features.

1. Ample Shoe Shelves. See those stilettos lined up with the heels facing out? [top] Those are supermodel Gisèle Bundchen’s Louboutins displayed so the busy and glamorous Mom can put her hand on exactly the pair she needs.… Continue Reading

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Open Kitchen Shelves

open kitchen shelves - dishware storage on white cantilevered shelves mounted on white subway tile - house beautiful via atticmag

Kitchens are more interesting as rooms when they are move away from fortress cabinets to open kitchen shelves.

Think of it this way: no other room in the house has furniture lining every inch of every wall, floor to ceiling, so why should the kitchen? I think it’s time to let go of the “gotta hide it” urge and allow serveware, cookware and other accessories to be displayed as well as stored on open kitchen shelves.

These ten kitchens offer a variety of ways to approach open storage. And while many of the accessories displayed in these kitchens look carefully arranged (because they are styled for photography) a more casual approach is equally valid and practical.… Continue Reading

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