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Black and White Patterned Kitchen

wooden sink counter with black and white gingham skirted base cabinet

A dark palette is anything but boring when a mix of patterns are involved.

I am drawn to darker rooms these days – must be the bright springtime sun.  Although I’m not brave enough to do this in my home, I find the mix of patterns and limited color palette intriguing.  The upper cabinet and open shelves are painted flat gray against a black wall.  The rest of the kitchen is painted a bright white, creating a dramatic niche.  A mix of two patterned floor tiles are sprinkled with a third design, with what appears to be a touch of grey and yellow.… Continue Reading

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TV Interior Barn Doors

sliding interior barn doors conceal flat screen tv

Barn-style sliding doors offer a decorative and functional solution to conceal televisions.

Several clever ways to camouflage the dreaded dark hole in the room (also known as the flat screen TV) are featured in Architectural TV Cabinets and Sliding Door Closet Wall.  Modern custom cabinets, pop-up lifts and opaque glass French style doors are the mod way to go, but what is the rustic decorating obsessed girl to do? Here are two simple ideas using wall-mounted hardware systems – barn door style.  A short version fits above the fireplace and easily slides out of the way.

This arched version would appear to be a doorway to another room when closed. … Continue Reading

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Decorative Interior Barn Doors

decorative interior barn doors Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Simple wooden doors become a masterpiece with artwork and trim.

Interior barn doors are a currently trendy (they are everywhere), but what first caught my eye wasn’t the hardware or vivid color, but the theatrical horse with Siamese cat at his back leg.  This track mounted folk art painting was actually once part of a barn. It now hangs in the owner’s home office, hiding her desk and files during therapy sessions. I would spend my hour on the couch speechless, soaking it in.  My wheels have been spinning since seeing it in January.  This could easily be recreated to include subject matter close to your heart.… Continue Reading

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Urban Chic Kitchen

modern white kitchen cabinets and exposed brick walls

Mixing styles creates a sophisticated industrial kitchen.

I’ve been a magazine junkie most of my adult life and in the last decade I’ve added several European journals to my list.  This industrial chic London kitchen found its way into my idea file for several reasons.  While I surround myself with vintage, I’m also attracted to rooms with a juxtaposition of styles.  The exposed brick walls and original wood floors paired with sleek white cabinets and stainless steel counters make me want to explore loft living.  In my mind’s eye, the wall to the left of the island was also washed brick, with a few lower cabinets and open shelving.… Continue Reading

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Rustic Master Bath Retreat

rustic master bath custom sink console with open shelf

The custom tub surround is reminiscent of a French wall fountain

Wood salvaged from a North Carolina barn is rustic, yet romantic in this master bath retreat.  A Waterworks Cambridge tub nestles underneath an expanse of windows.  Its custom surround is washed in an oyster shell palette, with a backsplash detail and a wall mounted faucet reminiscent of a French wall fountain with trough.  The tone of the mirrored doors echo wood across the room.

Undermount sinks don’t distract from the marble topped console, which was based on an antique French draper’s table.  Tuscan brass Rohl Bridge faucets compliment the cottage’s metal windows. … Continue Reading

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Timeless Modern Master Bath

modern double sink bath vanity with slope rimmed sink basins and sterling silver faucets

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The modern egg-shaped tub creates a perfect sanctuary for a long soak.

In this luxurious master bath, washed horizontal wooden planks wrap the tub alcove and continue beyond. Set against that background is a freestanding Waterworks .25 tub, with sensuous curves said by the homeowner to be remarkably comfortable — a tub everyone should experience at least once.  It is served by a floor mounted filler, while the controls are located on the adjacent wall.  Floor tiles are handcrafted Peacock Pavers, a concrete limestone-lookalike.  Artwork brings in the look of the copper.… Continue Reading

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