This unique take on open kitchen shelving caught our eye, both for the ornate moulding and bright color as well as creative reuse of architectural salvage. The country-style door makes a nice frame for pretty preserves, but would also be a happy accent to the sleekest modern kitchen. We found this in Country Living's Ultimate Guide to Kitchens.
Maybe it's because he's french and had a fixation with the idea of the American old west, but when I was young my dad used to drag me around to the Rose Bowl to buy awesomely bad thrift store paintings of cowboys, cactus and horses, sometimes even40's era Indian Chiefs. As a little girl I did not have the same appreciation that I have today. The bathroom can be a great place to go big with color or with overscale artwork or fun collections that might not make the same impact in another part of the house. I like this collection of deer prints from gentillefille's flickr set that she picked up at a thrift store and put on display in the bathroom.
Walk back into any restaurant kitchen and you will discover the gleaming vision of the professional kitchen. Stainless steel is the easiest surface to keep clean and free of germs, and it also is to kitchens what muscle cars are to commuter vehicles. While there are many companies that sell stainless steel components, KiPro is the only one who sells a complete stainless kitchen component line.
After tackling their bedroom together and combining both their ideas and tastes, it's a fun, personal space that's proof sometimes two styles are better than one! For four and a half years we've slept on a boxspring and mattress without a bed frame. It's not that we didn't want a bed frame; but we didn't quite know what would work for us. I'm a little bit more vintage and Mark is a little bit more modern. It was an IKEA hack of a Fjell wardrobe they had transformed with a 'Beachy white-washed exterior' and rustic interior shelves that got them started on the idea of mixing rustic and nautical. Next came a bed frame, then a headboard made by Mark and a gorgeous mix of bought bedding and DIY accessories. Visit Lauren's blog The Thinking Closet to see more of this beautiful bedroom transformation.
Warm metallics have taken the decor world by storm these past couple of years, showing up primarily as hardware and fixtures in beautiful kitchens everywhere. Accents are one thing, but some brave souls fully committed and made brass a significant feature in their kitchens, covering entire rows of cabinets and islands in shiny gold. Are these showstoppers that make your jaw drop or do they cause you to shake your head and cluck your tongue in dismay? Are they hot or over-the-top? Above, the brass-clad island is a significant feature in Michael O'Sullivan and Melissa Schollum's New Zealand Home, as seen in Dwell. A kitchen by Fiona Lynch that uses a row of gold upper kitchen cabinets, which acts as a spot of warmth in contrast to the cold marble below. This Stockholm apartment designed by the architects Claesson Koivisto Rune, has a minimalist brass-clad cube that functions as a both work surface and a storage space. A Paris apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot that features what looks like hammered brass cabinet fronts. This very glamorous kitchen from Studio William Hefner blends modern design with old-world charm. It's gold-leafed island is interesting contrast with the utilitarian grey stools. A bold and eclectic space by designers Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, as seen in the New York Times.
We check in with Maya at Maya*Made from time to time and last week, she promised her readers a tour of her mom's bathroom at the barn. A heavily dominated white backdrop that plays up some amazing natural light-making this bathroom quite the charmer. We love the green accents of the sprouted grass and cabinet mixed with the crisp white of the space. Before entering the bathroom, you walk under twin filigree transoms and a repurposed pocket door. In addition to the hints of green, yellow flowers in a vintage jar add to the overall appeal of the bathroom. We also love the delicate yellow curtain strung from a simple wire with clips. A big fan of white towels and linens, we love how the bathroom closet is stacked with extras.
A friend recently told of her idea to buy a custom-sized runner for the kitchen. Originally she was looking at a series of floor carpet squares, then she decided the 'Runner' really needed to offer support and comfort more than anything else. She turned to these marble top anti-fatigue mats, available at American Floor Mats. The more commercially used anti-fatigue mats could be a great solution for weary feet at home...has anyone else given this a try? All details and pricing info here at American Floor Mats.
We don't appreciate the importance of cleaning in our daily lives until the mess gets really out of hand. We've had a laundry issue lately that's threatened to overtake our home.... Since moving into our new apartment, we haven't been able to do any laundry. There's a combination lock to the laundry room, and we haven't gotten the code from our landlord or our neighbors. It's caused a lot of stress as we try to get our new place together in between piles of dirty clothes. Yesterday we drove a car full of laundry to my mother-in-law's house. Just doing a few loads made a huge difference in our stress level at home. Our laundry issue has helped us realize how important cleaning is to keeping the chaos at bay. The daily ritual of wiping down surfaces, doing a load of laundry, and taking out the trash is crucial to keeping a healthy home, and when you don't have that system in order, things start to fall apart. We're wondering: what types of messes have accumulated and infringed on your healthy home-life?
Plants in the bedroom is a highly debated topic - is it good or bad feng shui, do the benefits of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and benzene filtering outweigh the potential allergens, etc. We happen to fall into the pro-plants camp, and this example from a Chicago home might even inspire us to install a special plant shelf. Matt's plant shelf brings color and life into his simple, serene bedroom. The shelf approach is also a great solution for small rooms without space for plants on a bedside or standing shelf. What do you think? Do you keep plants in your bedroom for aesthetic or air quality reasons?
The bedroom at Monkey Cottage made us want to live in an attic. What did we do but go in search of more lovely attic bedrooms? There are lots of them out there, as many an attic has been converted into a spare room for guests, cozy kids' room, or even a lofty master bedroom. The one pictured up top is from Veronika & Sebastian's London House Tour. Many more after the jump.... via Marie Claire Maison via Living Etc. An attic bedroom in Kansas City via Projectionist Accommodation at the Needleworkers Cottage Accommodation at the Glenturret Mill in Scotland Storage in the Eaves at Monkey Cottage An attic bedroom in the West Carie Cottage in Scotland via House to Home An attic bedroom at the Dingle Cottage.