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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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Double Sided Glass Cabinets

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Double sided glass cabinets — over an island or in a wall — usher light into  kitchens in two different ways.

I’ve long been intrigued by the way top New York architects Ferguson & Shamamian use double sided glass cabinets in kitchens they design. One strategy is to add a ceiling-hung glass cabinet over an island to more or less act as a screen between the working and eating zones. For a classic white family kitchen in a 5000-square foot Park Avenue apartment [top], a large glass upper cabinet was made in three sections and centered over the island. Accessible from both sides, it has glass end panels and interior illumination plus task lighting below.… Continue Reading

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Chinese Interior Barn Doors

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Vintage Chinese interior barn doors add a layer of texture and pattern to walls.

Two pairs of Chinese interior doors turned up with unique placements in a ten-year old country house with a tin roof and open barn layout in upstate New York. English interior designer Selina van der Geest blended contemporary sofas with antiques and old rugs to create a sophisticated home with an interesting mix and unique look. We’ve focused on many different types of barn doors and their uses in the past (see links below).

In my post on Natural Interior Barn Doors, I mentioned that their placement determines whether the doors function in the background, as partitions or both.… Continue Reading

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