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Flat Screen in Modern Disguise

flat screen - Toronto living room with a walnut cabinet disguising a television over the fireplace - Dwell via Atticmag

A Toronto smart home has a surprise feature in the living room — a flat screen TV in modern disguise.

A Toronto smart home, “wired for the future,” is fully automated. So I find it a bit ironic to see a TV cached behind wood panels in the living room. With basic house systems like lighting, audio, security, heating, air conditioning and ventilation as well was the fireplace and the TVs controlled from touch panels via WiFi, would the flat screen even work when the panels are closed?

With that level of commitment to tech — along with modernist architecture and furniture — it may not matter that the tv is in hiding.… Continue Reading


Fancy Stainless Drop-In Sinks

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The minimalist Vault drop in sink has replaced two highly styled stainless predecessors.

A drop in sink is out of favor for high-end kitchens because the borders sit on the counter rather than under it. And resistance to the price of two stylish drop in sinks have led Kohler to discontinue them. Those “fancy” drop ins — – Kohler’s Verve and Verity — were the original subject of this post because they were good, if expensive, options for wood and laminate counters.

The newest look in the drop in category is Kohler’s ultra minimalist Vault [top]. It’s zero-radius to be exact — meaning square edges and a square bowl.… Continue Reading


Vibrant Blue Kitchens

vibrant blue kitchen - Frank Roop's country kitchen with a Provence blue Cornue Fé range with a blue-green backsplash - AD via Atticmag

One of the easiest — and one of the most difficult — colors to imagine in a kitchen is vibrant blue.

By that I mean saturated blue and blue-green which are cool colors that read hot. That’s because  they are intense rather than muted. Vibrant blue and blue-greens are the anti-neutrals. We don’t see vibrant blue kitchens very often but when we do, it’s color-lover’s heaven.

Celestial is one way to describe the range and range wall [top] in the upstate New York kitchen of Boston designer Frank Roop. The designer’s wife, Sharon, loves blue and chose the Provence Blue Cornue Fé range.… Continue Reading


Monogrammed Chair Backs

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Monogrammed chair backs are an upholstery detail and embellishment that personalize furniture and a room.

Monogramming is not the usual way to enhance a set of chairs — that would be nail heads. It’s not the most elaborate — fringe gets my vote on that score. But it’s one of the prettiest and most personal. Today, most monograms used for upholstery are machine made and romantically rendered. But if I ever have time I would consider learning to do elaborate monograms by hand. That’s something of a lost art mainly seen on vintage French linens. But real needlework is always a challenging project and would be beautiful do on the backs of my dining room chair slipcovers which resemble those in the photo below.… Continue Reading


Nate Berkus’ Greenhouse Kitchen

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Nate’s glamorous black and white greenhouse kitchen in his NYC penthouse is also family-friendly.

Celebrity designer Nate Berkus and his husband designer Jeremiah Brent have a stunning black and white greenhouse kitchen [top] in their newly renovated penthouse on Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The showstopper feature is the 17-foot long curved glass greenhouse style roof that floods the kitchen with light and views in three directions.  Black lacquer cabinets are right on trend, as are the prominent brass accents on the island and on the sink wall. I’m focusing on the kitchen here but the entire 3-bedroom duplex is featured on the next cover of Architectural Digest.… Continue Reading


Attic Skylight Bedrooms

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Using architectural features as decorative elements, attic skylight bedrooms have windows in the ceiling.

With their pitched ceilings and low eaves, attic bedrooms show great character.  But as we see so often, upstairs spaces can be very quirky. Sometimes they lack windows, or windows may be limited in number. With low walls lighting can be an issue. Attic skylights are a good solution, especially for bedrooms. These are simply windows in the roof. They can be fixed, meaning they don’t open, or operational. Like any skylight or solar tube they increase the amount of natural light coming in, but from overhead.… Continue Reading