Manya Matveev Living Room February 08th, 2017
Keep a thoughtfully edited book collection. Books can be one of the great pleasures in life – staring at an overburdened bookcase with tomes spilling onto the floor is not. Aim to keep only the books you love and those you will read again and let go of the rest. Your living room will thank you.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 11th, 2017
Dutch blue. Occasionally one element drives the color scheme. "The owner chose the color to match the delft tiles" says James Crisp of Crisp Architects. "It's actually a faux finish with an overcoat of a black texture".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 10th, 2017
For the modernists out there you would think picking finishes and fixtures would be easier with less adornment and fewer decisions to make. For some this might be true but I find that for others this style can be just as challenging. It's all about restraint and editing and that's hard.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 07th, 2017
Complement the island. This kitchen is in a stately 1920s mansion. "Kitchens in those types of houses were originally only used by the staff not by the homeowners and were therefore dark tiny impractical in layout and the space was broken up by a lot of doors leading to the basement the servants' quarters and butler's pantry" says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design. Her challenge was to create a space that was in keeping with the grand lines of such a home without making major modifications to the available square footage.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 06th, 2017
Add elegance. "The chandelier gives this space a formal sophisticated ambience" says Grace Kelly principal at Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly. "It was designed to bring elegance into a traditional eat‐in kitchen and serve as a stylistic focal point".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 05th, 2017
By contrast this classic kitchen with walnut cabinets and a marble tile backsplash has less ornamentation than the previous one but it's still all about the series of small choices: the simplicity of one cabinet finish and wood species the decision to run the marble tile all the way to the ceiling and match the same marble on the countertops. By way of a series of small choices this kitchen reveals its personality and says "This is who I am: I'm classic warm and earthy".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 03rd, 2017
While distressed cabinets have a look all their own to begin with pulls help define the style. A sleek bar pull adds a modern element a dark pull creates contrast and a similarly distressed knob blends in allowing the detail in the cabinets to shine.
Manya Matveev Kitchen March 31st, 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.