Manya Matveev Dining Room September 25th, 2017
Rice paper lantern and kids' art wall. Easy affordable rice paper pendant lights come in a wide range of sizes and create a lovely glow when lit. A wall with casually taped‐up children's artwork and simple white walls and chairs add up to a welcoming space where creativity can shine.
Manya Matveev Bathroom September 25th, 2017
Be well read. "My client had seen a wallpaper at a hotel with a book pattern that she loved " says designer Angela Gutekunst. "So that led me to this classic Brunschwig & Fils paper for her powder bath that worked beautifully".
Manya Matveev Dining Room September 23rd, 2017
Go for the tried and true: a weathered wood table. A secondhand wood table with a farmhouse or industrial heritage has already passed the test of time. Any scratches and nicks in the tabletop surface have mellowed into design details becoming features to admire. If you accidentally add a few more to it it won't matter. For this reason these tables are great for families with children – you never have to worry about whether your brood is unwittingly or even intentionally marking the table. The damage if minor will only become part of the beauty of the piece. That said it's worth protecting your table with a hard wax polish which should be applied about twice a year.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 27th, 2017
Mellow yellow. If you're looking for a take on a French Normandy country home yellow might be your color. "This room was designed to emulate what a kitchen might look like in the countryside of France" says Jo Ann Alston principal at J. Stephens Interiors. "The mustard yellow is very indicative of a French color palette and the hand‐done plaster technique on the walls with the overglaze of a faux‐finish technique makes the walls look aged".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 24th, 2017
The midtone cherry cabinets match the furnishings in the two rooms. The tile backsplash is custom‐cut slate in two different colors that match the original brick in the dining room fireplace. The end result is a kitchen that feels contemporary when someone is looking into the family room and traditional when looking into the dining area.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 21st, 2017
Glossy uniformly painted cabinets can appear fresh clean and modern. If you're trying to create a more French country look distressed cabinets are a great place to start. There's no reason not to experiment with color on your distressed cabinets. Tans whites and creams are always a safe bet but a light French gray is a new neutral. Grays can be cold on occasion but distressing them so the wood peeks through warms them right up.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 20th, 2017
Mix soft and hard. "My inspiration for hanging this black antique chandelier was to add a sense of sophistication and elegance to the kitchen space" says New Zealand designer Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design. "It also softens and offsets the hard solid masculine materials used in the kitchen".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 18th, 2017
The laundry room is perhaps one of the most overlooked spaces in the home. It's easy to put it on the back burner because after all it's not a room that often gets used for entertaining. Adding character with distressed cabinets might make all that folding feel like less of a chore.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 17th, 2017
Brown is not boring. Kitchen and bath specialist Robin Rigby Fisher explains that "this kitchen sits between an original 1918 Craftsman formal dining room and a contemporary family room. The only constant was the dark woodwork throughout both spaces. We also had the challenge of designing around a ceiling height that has a 9‐inch difference from one side of the beam to the other so we chose to incorporate the dark wood accent as a crown molding. The intention was to draw your eye around the room with the goal of minimizing the height discrepancy.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 13th, 2017
White on white. This kitchen is in sync with the overall design of the house. "It's part of a new French‐inspired home on South River in Annapolis Maryland" says Brad Creer of Bradford Design. "The wife wanted an all‐white house both inside and outside including the furniture. The only other colors are the limited use in some of the accents. And the only nonwhite space in the home is the husband's large barroom which has a dark wood finish".