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Oriental Rugs in Bathrooms

oriental rug in bathroom by freestanding tub from Burnham Design

Handmade carpets add a luxurious finishing touch

Atticmag’s bathrooms are packed with inspiration. While the sinks, fixtures, tubs and taps may catch most people’s attention, we rug-obsessed folks naturally zero in on the floors. If you haven’t ventured past the standard fare bath mat then take a gander at these rooms to see how a handmade carpet adds that posh finishing touch to the loo.

This black and gold Oriental rug is a spot-on match for the Asian inspired vanity and gold basins.

The no fuss look of a gent’s retreat is an ideal setting for a tribal Balouch in earthy shades of brown and charcoal.… Continue Reading


Jane’s Country Kitchen

yellow kitchen with Swedish-inspired glazed tile walls

Swedish glazed tiles stoves and light-reflecting colors of Scandinavian houses inspired the design

The kitchen in our house was the project that led me back to school to get my interior design degree. It was built in 2004 and finished in 2005 — before the house renovation boom.  A tour of that kitchen with photos of all the features always has been at the heart of our Yellow Kitchens album. I call it the Yellow Eurosplash Kitchen because the walls are tiled from the counters to the ceiling.

Special installation details of my upmounted farm sink can be found in the farm sink album.… Continue Reading


Italian Pattern-Tile Bathrooms

blue and white modern Italian tile bathrom with glass vessel sink

Color and texture on a large scale makes a big impact

The other night on one of those TV makeover shows, I watched the guest genius install floor-to-ceiling tile in a bathroom so minimalist I could almost hear the potential buyers whine “there’s no place for the hai-i-ir dryer.”  It was a look clearly taken from the contemporary Italian bathroom tile companies, like Bottega d’Arte, in Modena, which use suites of tile much like wallpaper. The TV bathroom I saw also included one of these vertical sliver-mirrors. Here, large geometric dots and abstract floral motifs are mixed with zero-radius fixtures.

The tiles can be polished, glazed or matte and often have geometric or floral-patterns on large or small areas of the walls, frequently combined with plain field tile of a different size or texture.… Continue Reading


Unfitted Bathrooms

unfitted farmhouse style bathroom with claw footed tub and open sink cabinet

Four bathroom styles that benefit from unfitted cabinetry

One aspect of doing more with less involves editing down to necessities. This is especially true for “unfitted” bathrooms – those which have no built-in or “fitted” cabinetry. What’s interesting is how cabinet-free baths cut across the style spectrum – from minimalist to country. Instead of sinks and tubs installed in cabinets or surrounds we see pedestals, consoles, furniture storage, open shelving, hidden storage, salvage solutions and even modular parts.  For some, unfitted is a preference while for others (especially in old houses or on shoestring budgets) they are simply an accommodation to what’s possible.… Continue Reading


Mid-Century Ranch Bath

Minimalist bathroom in mid-century house with Hansgrohe Starck Axor faucets, vessel sinks and open floating vanity

Open modern vanities have no drawers but offer convenient, easy to reach storage

Houses built with windows tucked just under the roof line offer uninterrupted walls — a feature sometimes found in mid-century style homes in the western U.S.  That leaves wall surfaces to be defined in interesting ways. This contemporary bath, in just such a house, boasts a panel of natural wood veneer as the backdrop for a well-designed, spacious double floating vanity. It’s built out slightly and meant to coordinate with the step-up to a “bathing niche” housing the sculptural tub. There’s the hint of an open shower in the area as well.… Continue Reading


Yellow Eurosplash Kitchen

blue antique Swedish hutch

The kitchen in our house has a story — it led me to collect kitchen inspiration photos and create this blog

It also challenged me to attend Parsons to get my interior design certificate, though well after it was finished. My original idea came from two sources: the film AI and a book excerpt on Swedish country house interiors. It’s an odd combination, I know. AI was Spielberg’s film about artificial intelligence and I adored the futuristic set design of the homes. But our house in the woods really wasn’t suited to the ultra-modern kitchen I desired. It had to be softer.… Continue Reading