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Portable Paint Palettes

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Creating a mini paint palettes will help connect the color scheme decorating dots.

The next time you repaint the house, think about portable paint palettes —  shorthand fan decks of your color choices. Sure, many of us have used the notebook method or (worse) the toss-it-all-in-a-tote where it all becomes a jumbled mess. There is something satisfying about holding a color scheme in your hand and seeing all the beautiful choices available at your fingertips.

Jane made this paint specification chart for her contractor when remodeling their apartment kitchen. It not only features the paint colors along the right side, and finishes for every room in the chart, but a floor plan showing how the rooms are to be painted.… Continue Reading


Mustard Yellow Kitchen

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Taking a chance on an unusual color combination creates a dreamy mustard yellow kitchen.

Canadian House & Home designed a five-star mustard yellow kitchen space in their 2011 Princess Margaret Showhome.  Bold and beautiful, the upper cabinets — which provide the theme for the kitchen are painted No 7 Octagon yellow from Farrow & Ball. Their double-decker to-the-ceiling style includes soffit cabinets on top as well as an extra-beefy crown molding often required for high ceilings. The cabinets have Shaker doors and their old-fashioned bracket braces repeat on the feet of the base cabinets. The yellow provides a warm contrast to honed CeasarStone counters and a matte black CornuFé range. … Continue Reading


Powder Room – Act Three

powder room - low mahogany pie crust edge table in Jane's powder room - Atticmag

My powder room is a tiny, 25 sq. ft. room but the mirror falling down led me to find a more neutral look.

After three paint colors and a Powder Room Mirror Fail — due to a screw that rusted because the mirror hung in various bathrooms for many years — my powder room is finally settled.

There’s a color change from Farrow & Ball’s green ground (above) which is an acid green to Farrow & Ball’s Stony Ground — a taupe. The 1920s framed Italian La Donna magazine covers have been replaced by some moody photographs our daughter Rebecca took on a trip through the Grand Tetons with her Dad (top photo). … Continue Reading


7 Upgrades that Transformed My Kitchen

new laundry closet with Bosch Axxis front loader and condenser dryer

Key things we changed and the difference each one made.

In the summer of 2009 we upgraded the small kitchen (14’ x 8’) in our 1924 apartment building.  Nothing had been changed since 1986 when my husband moved in and installed new appliances. The previous tenant had combined the kitchen and dining room, which opens onto the entry as well as a hallway to the bedrooms and is visible from the front door.

I wrote about the old kitchen at various stages before, during and immediately after construction. But now that it’s 99% finished – my new rug is down but window shades are still temporary – there are before and after photos to illustrate the 7 key areas we improved and the difference each one made.… Continue Reading


Alabama Stone Cottage Details

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A closer look at accessories in the Alabama stone cottage home of home our shopping editor, Allison

Our two-part virtual walk-through of Allison’s Alabama stone cottage was designed to highlight highly original living spaces she has worked so hard to create. If you haven’t yet toured the main rooms in part one, or explored her elegant French Gray Island Kitchen, or the private spaces in part two, I suggest you do that first. That will help put this next dozen photos into context and make them even more enjoyable. However, many people like to eat dessert first!

As I spoke with Allison about various objects in her house, it became clear that she loves accessories and goes for certain textures.… Continue Reading


Alabama Stone Cottage II

alabama stone cottage - back veranda Tulsa architect Jack Arnold - atticmag

Our room-by-room walk through of Allison’s Alabama stone cottage continues.

Our tour of Allison’s lovely stone house on a lake in Alabama continues with a walk through some of the private spaces in the 5-bedroom home that our blogging partner and her husband built on 4-1/2 acres. If you missed part one of the tour, you might want to start there — a good deal of background is included.

While it is considered a European cottage in general style, Tulsa architect Jack Arnold’s design was expansive enough to work for Allison’s family with three children and a host of pets. When the children moved on to their own places, she simply repurposed their furniture and found herself with that much more room for guests.… Continue Reading