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Maple Furniture Kitchen

range niche with Wolf dual fuel in custom maple cabinet kitchen

For natural wood, glazed kitchen cabinets, it’s the grain and detailing that matters.

It’s rare to come across a maple kitchen with a vintage American furniture look and not find it just a trifle staid. But when the cabinets are exquisitely made, proportioned and glazed, the result is as timeless and as classic as this custom wormy maple kitchen in Chicago.

Perhaps most surprising is the lack of contrast. From the honey-glazed maple cabinets to the granite counters and the tumbled marble backsplash it’s much the same tone. Even the stone-tile floor blends in.  For me, the most-handsome area is the SubZero refrigerator and freezer armoire [top] with arched paneled doors that close against an intricately detailed refrigeration cabinet.… Continue Reading


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


Cool Bathrooms

lead glass window detail in the Saarinen House

Worlds apart yet connected through materials

Two bathrooms, built 80 years and almost 7,000 miles apart, share an austerity which I find very cool. Some might call them cold — in one case that might be viewed as a blessing (you’ll see why) — but, for me, that’s not the point.  What drew my attention is the way each architect/designer pared a clutter-magnet space back to essential surfaces. Both bathrooms use local materials – tile and stone – to speak for themselves. In that sense they are modern, relevant and timeless. Neither could easily be dated and storage has been worked out so that it doesn’t interfere with either design, which always seems like the essence of elegance.… 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


Ancient House, Modern Kitchen

cabinets in renovated kitchen on Rou Estate

Two-hundred-year-old stone structures often don’t lend themselves to modern kitchens.

But the Campanula House, on the Ionian island of Corfu,  shows how a skillful design successfully marries a contemporary kitchen to a rustic interior. This is one of 12 restored houses on the Rou Estate, a high-end property that touts outdoor terraces from which you can see Albania. Kitchens in each house have an original bread oven (no photos of that, alas) plus stone floors and walls, whitewashed plaster, and natural-wood beams typical of original structures in the Greek islands.

However, kitchen details are purely English: cabinets have wide-batten doors and panels, an under-mounted sink is accessorized with a statuesque pull-down faucet plus a drainboard with runnels, and walls are painted the same off-white as the cabinets so they blend seamlessly.… Continue Reading


California Heritage Bath

rustic bathroom with distressed wood doors and cabinets

A rustic bathroom is often about texture

Distressed wood with nailheads and ring-pulls is reminiscent of the rough darkness of old California wood, especially with wrought iron sconces and towel bars. Then designer Robin Cannell Baker sets stone tiles with glazed ceramic around the tub for a mini fiesta of sizes and shapes. Restricting the palette to earth tones plus indigo, and setting it off against a stone paver floor and stucco walls, shows clear-headed refinement with striking results. We love the rug, too.

(Source: Conceptual Design)… Continue Reading