Rosetta Loreta Dining Room October 08th, 2017
Swing‐arm sconce. A swing‐arm sconce designed to extend over the table (like the one shown here) is an unexpected alternative to the traditional chandelier and can work even for renters if you choose a plug‐in version. Because the bulb is exposed you'll need to use a lower‐watt filament bulb to create that lovely soft glow. But because one low‐watt bulb is not enough to light a room on its own it is necessary to supplement with additional lighting – try a second sconce or a pair of lamps atop a credenza.
Edda Braune Dining Room October 08th, 2017
Upholstered chairs at the ends. This is perhaps the most popular way to shake up a set and with good reason – it nearly always looks great. Choose matching side chairs for the long sides and put matching upholstered armchairs at the ends.
Manya Matveev Kitchen May 16th, 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".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 29th, 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 28th, 2017
There are several ways to create the distressed look. You could start with a few layers of paint then add a spatter of glaze in areas where wear would naturally occur. Or try light sanding or hitting with a chain to reveal colors below; this creates the look of a piece that has been painted multiple times and years of use have worn away some layers. If you're looking for a simpler process painting only one coat and lightly sanding in spots to reveal the wood below also works.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 27th, 2017
Designate a kitchen stand‐in. Eating out all the time gets tiresome not to mention the strain it can put on your budget. And no matter how much takeout you bring home you'll still need a spot to make school lunches pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that's out of the way of construction. If you're lucky enough to have a morning kitchen or a guesthouse you can turn that into food‐prep central. Or outfit a corner of the basement garage or workroom with a few portable tables standalone shelves storage crates and folding chairs.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 24th, 2017
Pick your paint colors next to the other materials including pulling back a section of the protective floor covering to get a good sense of how the colors work with the new stain color.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 21st, 2017
This divided bath by Smith & Vansant Architects features white 3‐by‐6‐inch tiles in both the sink area and the shower area though each room has its own style of floor tile. The headquarters of Schoolhouse Electric proves that subway tiles and gray grout aren't just for the bathroom and kitchen. Here they're used in an office space that celebrates timeless and minimalist style.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 20th, 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.