Red Country Kitchens

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Red country kitchens are sometimes casual but always bold.

There’s something about red kitchens that makes them a little difficult. People who love red tend use it as an accent color since a little can go a long way. We saw that with the refrigerator cabinet in the Ikea Heartthrob Kitchen, one of my original Atticmag posts, and also on the red workbench island in the recent Updating White Kitchens piece. But my view is that a commitment to big color on the cabinets is usually the best option for red kitchens, which is what made the lacquered Chanticleer Red Kitchen so stunning and memorable.… Continue Reading

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Making Sense of Apple TV

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Most people may already know about Apple TV but I didn’t.

For a long time, I really didn’t understand what an alternate system like Apple TV or Roku does, or why it might be worth the investment. The only “streaming” I knew about centered on my kitchen sink faucet. But two of my friends know everything. One is my pal Tracy, who told me about her Apple TV and urged me to get one. Tracy is super smart and always right. I took her suggestion and now I want to pass along my experience here because, after six months, we cannot imagine life without our Apple TV.… Continue Reading

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Updating White Kitchens

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Four years ago, I observed that the all white kitchens trend was over. Looking back, that was the beginning of the end.

Today, the white kitchen — often amusingly referred to as “the one true kitchen” — has been copied to death. Apart from light fixtures or other details, it’s often difficult to tell white kitchens from one another. In concept, they are very lovely but the look has become formulaic. The all-white kitchen [top] is typical of the genre as it has milk-color Shaker style cabinets with Victorian brackets and feet, and upper cabinets with glass doors. Another hallmark is the white subway tile backsplash that blends in.… Continue Reading

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Hallway Picture Walls

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“Think of hallways as palate cleansers — the sorbet that’s served before diving in to the next course.” — Barry Dixon.

The concept of keeping things neutral in a hallway doesn’t mean bland or lacking in personality. Hallways say a great deal about the taste and creativity at work in a house. Few are so grand they need to make a statement — usually that’s reserved for the living room. However, an entry, landing,  stairwell or other hall tend to be highly original when family photos or special collections are displayed.

Personalizing hallway picture walls can be done by using a strong color behind any arrangement of pictures.… Continue Reading

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Exotic Sink Faucets

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Elaborate, unusual faucets are like pieces of art — or jewelry for your sink.

My idea of Turkish delight has nothing to do with candy, unless it’s eye candy — like the incredibly exotic sink faucet in a basin lined with stylized tulip Iznik tiles. Embellished, handcrafted, and clearly made of brass, the faucets are Turkish. I’ve been saving the photo because it’s so unusual (at least here in the US) as well as beautiful. This is likely a travel photo. But during the late 19th century, Middle Eastern themes and motifs appeared all across the decorative arts — from oil paintings to  accessories — as Europeans traveled  through that part of the world and many were used in Victorian homes.… Continue Reading

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Long Barn Gardens

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In England, a historic home distinguished by its 20th century garden designers, has been taken on by a new generation.

From 1915 to 1930, British diplomat Harold Nicolson and his wife, the poet and writer Vita Sackville-West, lived on an eight acre property in Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, known as Long Barn. Sackville-West, who may be the most famous and revered gardener of the 20th century, also wrote an influential weekly gardening column for The Observer newspaper at the time.

But when it came to creating gardens, the couple worked as a team. And while they are best known for the monumental garden at Sissinghurst Castle, it was at Long Barn gardens where their distinctive style was developed.… Continue Reading

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