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Salvage Kitchen Cabinets

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Reworking materials is never easy, especially when it comes to salvage kitchen cabinets.

Often the materials or surfaces are old and in need of restoration and repair. Sometimes vintage pieces will fit and other times they must be altered. With salvage kitchen cabinets, I would expect build arounds — as I learned when we repurposed a dozen divided light interior doors and salvage mantel for my house. The other element of salvage materials is the quirkiness they add to décor. Not everyone wants eccentricities in their kitchen even though that kind of originality may be unique and unforgettable.

Two great examples of salvage kitchen cabinets were designed and built by the California architectural firm of Studio Carver and the former Carver + Schickentanz.… Continue Reading

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Switching Up Black and White Stripes

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Black and white stripes have myriad variations in home décor and can be used throughout the house.

In my next living space, wherever that may be, I’m going back to modern. But I plan to switch it up with black and white stripes. I don’t have exact plans for using them since that would depend on the rooms and the light. And I don’t know whether I’ll ultimately have the will to go bold or work with one of the many variations.

Most paint brand sites have DIY videos which include ways to paint striped walls. A wall with horizontal stripes of varying widths [top] would no doubt be more complex to produce than alternating stripes of the same width.… Continue Reading

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Steel Bucket Bathroom Sinks

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My list of attractive and affordable building materials includes steel bucket bathroom sinks.

Among the favorite posts here on Atticmag was my piece on a Connecticut farm house Washtub Sink Laundry Room with hidden appliances and a oval galvanized steel bucket used as a sink. So imagine my Eureka! moment when I came across three steel bucket bathroom sinks — the same idea used in bathrooms.

A quick search for “galvanized steel buckets” yields a variety of old-fashioned milk-pail shapes and sizes ranging in price from under $10 to $200. That’s great news for anyone who is budget-minded and has the means to drill the bottom of the bucket so it can be properly fit with a drain.… Continue Reading

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Forever Young Designer Furniture

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Exactly how old are those iconic designer furniture pieces that look so modern? The truth may surprise you.

The continuing popularity of 20th century modern designer furniture has led to a kind of visual shorthand. We look at a room and can easily spot a Saarinen table, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair, or an Arco floor lamp. It’s the home décor version of recognizing an Hermès handbag, Chanel suit, or Louboutin shoes. And since modern designer furniture is licensed to a handful of manufacturers, you can always buy it new from Hive Modern, Design within Reach, Knoll or Palazzetti.

But what’s old is new again: most of these best loved and most instantly recognized pieces of designer furniture are actually antiques!… Continue Reading

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Tall Headboards

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Tall headboards are like diamonds. The larger they are the more attention they get.

That may be one reason why we are seeing a trend towards tall headboards — some so high they cover the entire wall above a bed and nearly reach the ceiling. From a practical standpoint, a tall headboard is also a decorative element since the size eliminates the need for art. Tall headboards add a different surface to the room and, at the same time, make a statement. Often called ‘hotel’ headboards, their form follows function with attention to bed — and why not?

Whimsical and stylish, this headboard-sculpture-wall art [top] really illustrates the point.… Continue Reading

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Bathroom Picture Walls

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Few areas in the house offer as much opportunity for personalization, flamboyance, outrageousness, or all out decortropia than bathroom picture walls.

If it’s your bath — one you use every day — then it’s easy to know whether bathroom picture walls should offer comfort or visual stimulation. In a guest bath the issues can be slightly more complex because either you’re using images you already own, or acquiring them for a certain effect. Each bathroom presents special issues for picture walls. First, there’s moisture from a shower or tub. Additionally, there can be tile patterns, broken up walls, oddly shaped blank walls, narrow spaces and problem windows to consider.… Continue Reading

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