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Honeycomb Tile Kitchen

Ann Sacks Nottingham honeycomb tile backsplash in a neutral kitchen by Beth Webb - via Atticmag

Ann Sacks Nottingham honeycomb tile backsplash in a neutral kitchen by Beth Webb - via AtticmagAs a backsplash to set the tone for a neutral kitchen there’s nothing like dimensional honeycomb tile.

When an internet mogul built a vacation home in Costa Rica, Atlanta designer Beth Webb was hired to create the décor. Channeling the dark, rustic Latin look of homes in Central America, and mixing it up with the needs of second home for upscale clients, the result was classic, elegant and yet slightly exotic blend of whites, creams and taupes. In the kitchen [top] that meant a neutral scheme, one of subtle richness based on Ann Sacks’ dimensional Nottingham honeycomb tile in Veil. Ann Sacks Nottingham honeycomb tile in veil - Ann Sacks via AtticmagA honeycomb pattern is small scale, easy on the eyes and yet visually distinctive.… Continue Reading

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Independence Day Holiday

Fireclay tile in red, white and blue American independence colors - Fireclay via Atticmag

Fireclay tile in red, white and blue American independence colors - Fireclay via AtticmagTaking the weekend off to celebrate the 4th of July.

With best wishes to all for freedom and independence around the world. And with thanks to California-made Fireclay Tile for providing a great Independence Day collage that celebrates the red, white and blue of the American flag.… Continue Reading

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French Bistro Shelves

French bistro shelves - freestanding bistro shelves with metal feet in the Tillinghast Estate kitchen - Yawn Design via Atticmag

French bistro shelves - freestanding bistro shelves with metal feet in the Tillinghast Estate kitchen - Yawn Design via AtticmagFrench Bistro shelves are making cameo appearances on kitchen islands and counters.

Like most shelving in the kitchen, these traditional French bistro shelves have a specific character which can make them a great accessory. Long used in restaurants  for displaying food, wines or collectibles they also were partial screens to block certain lines of sight while at the same time revving up appetites.

In home kitchens — particularly on an island — bistro shelves may be focal points if not conversation pieces. The glass shelving is transparent, so what goes on the shelves is showcased by the metal support posts. The bottoms can be separate metal disks like the lightly scaled set in a Florida estate kitchen decorated by Yawn Design [top].… Continue Reading

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Colorful Mudrooms

colorful mudrooms - cottage mudroom with bright blue accents similar to Benjamin Moore's Skylark Song - House to Home via Atticmag

colorful mudrooms - cottage mudroom with bright blue accents similar to Benjamin Moore's Skylark Song - House to Home via AtticmagColorful mudrooms — even when the color is neutral — offer a hint of personality in the entryway of a house.

For a long time most mudrooms I saw were white, just like kitchens. As places to house boots, hats, umbrellas, jackets, dog leashes and assorted other outdoor gear the use of white made them a bit fussy for me. In addition to color, a mudroom (or boot room) by definition serves a function. In a way it’s a glorified closet but a public one. Elaborate woodwork is not always required. Even a small space can benefit from a shelf rack with pegs and a storage bench like the ones from a U.K.… Continue Reading

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Million Dollar Decorator Bedrooms

bedrooms - Tamara Mellon's ottoman inspired bedroom by Martin Lawrence Bullard - Elle Décor via Atticmag

bedrooms - Tamara Mellon's ottoman inspired bedroom by Martin Lawrence Bullard - Elle Décor via AtticmagBedrooms by famous decorators, like these by Martin Lawrence Bullard, are tailored to each client — at least on the surface.

That’s certainly true of four bedrooms by Million Dollar Decorator star Martin Lawrence Bullard whose work I first saw on the Bravo TV show. The series I caught showed Mr. Bullard decorating the New York home of Jimmy Choo shoe queen Tamara Mellon. One highlight was the episode where a massive piece of stone for the top of the dining room table was hoisted into her townhouse by a crane set up in the street. Last year, Ms. Mellon filed a lawsuit against the decorator, as reported by TMZ.Continue Reading

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Diva de Provence Range Kitchen

Diva de Provence custom gas commercial range in a Connecticut kitchen - Elle Décor via Atticmag

Diva de Provence custom gas commercial range in a Connecticut kitchen - Elle Décor via AtticmagIt’s rare to see a kitchen where the focal point is a custom Diva de Provence gas range with traditional old-world style.

Diva de Provence ranges are a rarity because the Diva brand is no longer available in the U.S. and Canada except through commercial kitchen suppliers. Previously known for pioneering induction ranges, the Diva withdrew from the U.S. and Canadian markets about five years ago. However, Diva evidently will still make a custom commercial style gas range. These don’t come with conventional warranties or service so special arrangements through a restaurant supplier, are required.

To that end, Connecticut designer Emma Jane Pilkington turned to Maverick Cuisine, a New Jersey based restaurant design company to supply the Diva for her own home.… Continue Reading

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