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Spanish Island Kitchens

rustic Spanish country kitchen

Earthen structures on the Balearic Island of Formentera use natural materials for similar, yet unique, kitchens.

Sandy white beaches and clear turquoise seas call most people to the island, but the architectural beauty of the homes are what speak to the rest of us.  Typical kitchens feature concrete cabinet shells with rustic wood plank doors and drawer fronts.  The hardware is simple, like everything else in the room.  An expanse of wooden counters provide plenty of prep and serve space.  The lack of upper cabinets draw eyes toward the casement windows, and beyond.  Concrete floors are lightly stained a golden color. … Continue Reading


Chicken Wire Chic

top hinged hutch door with chicken wire insert

Finding its way from the barnyard into the main house, this material has some homeowners crowing.

When we were building our cottage, I mentioned using chicken wire on two hutches in our kitchen.  I was met with a blank stare.  Would it have sounded better in French or Italian?  Probably not in my southern accent.  Whether it’s fabric backed or as-is, chicken wire is being used in many decorating styles.  The khaki-green lake house guest bath [above] is by designer Barbara Westbrook.  She created a casual sink cabinet with visible towel storage.  The marble top mimics a vintage washstand with the shelf and side brackets.… Continue Reading


Sophisticated Safari Nursery

safari theme nursery with paper mache trophy animals

A child’s room designed for growth and exploration.

We’re having a baby boom at Atticmag, and our first new mom-to-be is Brandy O.  You may remember her guest post Rugs in Morocco.  I’ve known her long enough to believe there is nothing she cannot do.  Expecting her first child in July, Brandy began by painting the walls of the baby’s room with Sherwin Williams Pavilion Beige, the trim SW Irish Cream and she ordered a hand-forged Millbrook crib from Restoration Hardware.  After deciding on a “sophisticated safari” nursery (no overload of animals), she went to work creating three papier-mâché trophies.… Continue Reading


Powder Room Think

vessel sink on furniture made into vanity, mirror and pair of sconces

Currently, traditional powder rooms focus on a trio of key decorative elements

Guest bath design is becoming as easy as one, two, three.

1. Convert a piece of furniture — preferably vintage or antique into a vanity. 2. Add a decorative mirror and a pair of sconces over it. 3. Plan a tile or wall treatment to add surface interest.

Even top pros like Washington, D.C. designer José Solis Betancourt and Southern design guru Phoebe Howard are profiting from these three steps to create pretty guest baths. But the work looked so similar, when we mixed it up here it  became challenging to unravel who did what.… Continue Reading


Canadian Stone Mansion

tour of Canada's historic Maus Park

Tour Maus Park, a mid-19th century mansion and home to an antiques dealer

A rustic kitchen led me to Maus Park, a mid-19th century historic home near Toronto.  One of my favorite kitchens here on Atticmag, when I originally posted it we all swooned over the combination of luxury, natural stone and the European approach of having an oil painting hung next to the La Cornue range.

Then I discovered the entire house – a stately and luxuriously furnished stone mansion. Fluff up your fainting couches! Set in a 12-1/2 acre park — it has a 7,000 square foot main residence and a 14,000 square foot renovated barn/showroom, the property of Canadian antiques dealer Douglas Stocks.… Continue Reading


More Inspired Design Showhouse

brown leather daybed with silver mirror

Tour the second NYC apartment that celebrated extraordinary women

A large amount of space has been devoted to the Inspired Designs Showhouse here in New York City. It features two apartments full of rooms — nearly 10,000 square feet — created by 15 top designers as a benefit for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder. Each room was inspired by an extraordinary woman chosen by the designer.

I toured one apartment and returned to see the second, slightly smaller space. So start the second-day tour here. Or, start with the first apartment.

Both are new luxury condominiums at 535 West End Avenue, where prices range between $8.5 and $25 million.… Continue Reading