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Interior Stone Flooring

reclamined stone flooring

Nothing adds instant character and age to a new home than natural stone flooring – after all, Mother Earth worked on it for centuries.

These examples also happen to be reclaimed Jerusalem limestone, so thousands of footsteps helped add patina.  Time worn materials laid in a formal pattern don’t come off as fussy.  Adding to the relaxed feel are elegant lanterns, rustic benches, reclaimed beams and over-sized pottery.   Large scale artwork floats freely against the plaster walls.  Together, the elements generate a charming and serene environment.

(Source: Oz Architects)… Continue Reading

Modern Mountain Kitchen

bold red Shaker style cabinet mountain kitchen by John Oetgen and Sally Ann Sullivan

A strong design statement brings a warm contemporary feel to a normally rustic space.

To brighten the darkest room in this home, designer John Oetgen and kitchen designer Sally Ann Sullivan put a modern twist on mountain aesthetics. Jewel tones were pulled from the living area of the open plan, setting the foundation for the kitchen’s bold look.  The Shaker style base cabinets and island are painted a vibrant red, while rich wood dominates the uppers and paneled fridge. Sullivan says using a recessive door style allows the color and finish to carry the clean, uncluttered look. Green marble was used on the counters and backsplash to bring in the colors of the natural surroundings.… Continue Reading


White Oak Cottage Kitchen

rustic white oak kitchen by Melanie Pounds House Beautiful

The starting point of this design was one of sentiment.

The desire to keep it simple led interior designer Melanie Pounds and husband toward the purchase of a small 1920’s cottage.  Pounds designed its kitchen around their first joint purchase – an antique worktable.  The room is full of visually heavy pieces, yet they don’t weigh it down.  To my untrained eye, the trick is the use of only two colors (almost monochromatic, with basic brown and black) and each element is visually equal.  It’s hard to take my eyes off the warm wood of the worktable, but the dramatic soapstone range wall [detailed below] does the trick. … Continue Reading


Decorative Interior Barn Doors

decorative interior barn doors Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne by Martyn Lawrence Bullard - AD via Atticmag

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


Hand Painted Tiles

detail of hand painted tile in rustic kitchen from House Beautiful

What do a French kitchen, Mexican restaurant and Malibu home have in common?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the heart of our home, but whenever I see an elaborately tiled kitchen I find myself thinking “next house.”  I’ve had this scanned copy of a European kitchen for the longest.  After I had decided on today’s post subject matter, I discovered JaneF had already featured the kitchen.  It belonged to none other than Claude Monet himself.  I then wondered if Monet had a hand in designing his Giverny kitchen.  He did, according to giverny-impressions.com.  (Isn’t the internet wonderful?!)  The walls are covered with blue Norman tiles. … Continue Reading


Cozy Bed Alcove

cozy custom bed alcove with wood ceiling and book shelves

Well planned details come together to create a restful sanctuary

Rainy days make me want to stay in bed, but this cozy alcove would be hard to leave on any given day.  Details of this tiny room were well thought out.  Soft butter color paneling envelopes the room and niche, including their ceilings.  Even the ceiling fan motor housing appears to be painted, allowing it to fade away.  Plenty of fluffy pillows and a snug comforter are an invitation to unwind.  Instead of storage, this base conceals a trundle bed.  A pair of casement windows lets in fresh air and natural lighting, but gives way to low lighting at night. … Continue Reading