My favorite home décor styles have a few things in common—individuality, creativity, and personality. Other than that, I don’t tend to think there should be a lot of rules about how you decorate your own space. However, a terrific ceiling usually fits one of two criteria in my book: either it completely disappears, or it acts as a focal point. With that thought in mind, let’s take a look at some examples of inspiring ceilings—specifically ones that use materials usually reserved for the floor.
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Ah, the microwave oven—where would we be without it? It’s one of those indispensible kitchen appliances that are taken for granted in the modern home. But sometimes kitchens can’t accommodate the many conveniences that today’s gadgets provide. Let’s face it, there isn’t always enough counter space for all that great gear—and microwaves aren’t small. So let’s look at some ideas that help to clear that monster off your counters.
As those of you who’ve been reading my posts for a while know, I’m a big fan of using unadorned materials in interior décor. I love when design incorporates items that serve a purpose and don’t need to be covered up or disguised. I suppose it’s a deconstructive take on “form follows function”. When I find great examples of this, I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Today, I’m taking a look at exposed ventilation ducts—something I live with every day in my own home.
I’m not a home chef. I’m not even much of a competent cook—one of my better half’s favorite stories is about the time I ruined a pan while simply boiling water. But he is a whiz in the kitchen and when we built our house a few years ago, one of his requirements was a spacious kitchen with all the necessary elements. One of those elements was an efficient layout.
I have a real love for rooms that are well tailored: they exemplify terrific use of space, with little clutter and just the right pieces of furniture. They also display a certain formality in style—without being stuffy or uptight. Some actually go so far as to use some tried and true tropes of men’s fashion to add to that tailored look. If that’s an idea that appeals to you, keep reading; in this post I’m looking at menswear inspiration for your décor.
Louvered windows, also called Jalousie windows (and I’d love to know why, so if you know, please leave a comment!), are one of those décor items that take me back to my childhood. Living in south Texas and traveling through the US and Mexico with my family and our travel trailer hitched to the back of the Buick, I was very familiar with the popular crank-out glass windows of the time. They maximized airflow while keeping out most of the elements; one of my all-time favorite memories is when a storm rolled through and the louvered windows were open to let in all that cool, moist air without drenching everything.
Sometimes we all need a helpful idea or two when it comes to our interior décor especially when the decision involves a major investment we expect to live with for a long time. Such is the case for many of us when choosing a dining table, so I’ll give you the same advice I give to my friends and family: go for a round dining table.
Well, while it can be argued— and, in my opinion, is certainly true— that a talented designer can find a way to make almost anything look good, one of my personal tricks of the trade is to look for pieces that tend to appear over and over in your online décor searches. The catch is this: these go-anywhere items are often supporting players in the images, so you have to look on the sidelines to find them. Such is the case of the incredibly versatile globe light.
It’s well known that there isn’t much I don’t like when it comes to industrial materials and the spaces inspired by the industrial-modern style. So it should come as no surprise that I have a special place in my interior designer heart for factories that have been converted into living spaces. What may surprise you, though, is that not all former manufacturing hubs translate equally into homes. There are actually quite a wide variety of results when it comes to habitats created from ex-factories. Let’s take a look at a few.
I’ve long been fascinated by the unusual size and shape of the traditional Japanese soaking tub. When recently consulting a friend who had been thinking about adding a hot tub to his back yard, I mentioned that I’d rather have an outdoor soaking tub instead – and my interest resurfaced once again. I went on the hunt for some great examples of Japanese soaking tubs, and thought I’d share the results with you.