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Open Kitchen Shelves

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Kitchens are more interesting as rooms when they are move away from fortress cabinets to open kitchen shelves.

Think of it this way: no other room in the house has furniture lining every inch of every wall, floor to ceiling, so why should the kitchen? I think it’s time to let go of the “gotta hide it” urge and allow serveware, cookware and other accessories to be displayed as well as stored on open kitchen shelves.

These ten kitchens offer a variety of ways to approach open storage. And while many of the accessories displayed in these kitchens look carefully arranged (because they are styled for photography) a more casual approach is equally valid and practical.… Continue Reading

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French Door Shower

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In a vintage-look bathroom, a French door shower partition was created from a salvage door.

Renovated baths can get interesting when the owners are vintage furniture dealers and stylists like Brady and Tiffany Ross, of Frisco, Texas who posted photos of their home on houzz. The shower partition [top] garnered instant buzz due to the appealing look and the budge-wise approach. A salvaged French door, with divided lights, was painted, waterproofed and installed as a fixed partition.

Because details are important when you want to “steal” a look, the owner was generous enough to explain that the shower measures 60-inches long by  30-inches wide — a standard size for a small bath.… Continue Reading

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Nordic Color Kitchens

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Inspired by nature, Nordic color kitchens are neutral, the ultimate mix of pale tones with hues of sea and sky.

The Belgian kitchen aesthetic has been touted on many blogs but Nordic color kitchens are lesser known. Derived from Swedish, Danish and Finnish décor these are based on a mixed neutral palette inspired by nature. Essentially, the color schemes are derived from the colors of snow, ice, sand, sky, sea, earth, ash, wood, rusted metal, charcoal and the midnight sky. That plays out as a range of whites, off-whites, sandy beiges, wood tones, pale to medium blues, light to darkest grays, and black.… Continue Reading

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Whimsical Green Bathrooms

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When décoristas discuss green bathrooms these days, are they talking about color or sustainability?

The answer is: green bathrooms can be either or both. As the creator of a soothing Seafoam Bathroom, I naturally gravitate to soft watery and minty green hues. But I also enjoy a bit of brashness in the bathroom — so many are beautiful but bland.

The playfulness of a blue-green bath [top], designed for a young girl, caught my immediate attention.  With its green mosaic-tile floor, seaspray walls and zany green glass pulls on the cream-colored vanity, it has a toothpaste-fresh look. And I truly covet that quirky pair of mirrors with painted arabesque frames.… Continue Reading

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Built In Dog Beds

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Ever more elaborate and clever, built in dog beds have now become common in home renovation plans.

Just four years ago, Allison did a post called Built Ins for Pets with photos and ideas for built in dog beds, feeding stations and cute spaces for cats. Photos from that post has been pinned 434,000 times! Yes, you read that correctly. The sequel, Built Ins for Pets 2, offered even more ideas for creating attractive spaces especially for our cats and dogs and had more than 15,000 pins. So it’s time for more built in ideas — especially for dogs.

A whimsical classical pediment above the wire mesh door is one of the most original details I’ve seen.… Continue Reading

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Belgian Linen Draperies

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Belgian linen draperies are becoming the gold standard for window treatments both ready-made and custom.

In a Florida beach house with spectacular views, drapery panels appear to be lined but retain the lovely, slouchy quality for which Belgian linen draperies are beloved [top]. When drawn over the windows, the curtains create a soft textured fabric wall. When open, they break generously on the floor and stack back over the blank wall areas between the windows which helps emphasize the water views from the house. Made from Pom Pom at Home linen, the draperies are hung from a track that’s essentially invisible because it’s recessed ceiling beam and the window wall.… Continue Reading

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