It happens every year: the holiday decorating season. For my modern home in the Texas hill country there’s no real need for a fireplace. This means there’s no sign of a mantel, which is typically the hot spot for winter holiday sparkle. If you’re in the same situation and are looking for a different way to bring the traditional mantel-bound décor into your home, look no further.
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Half-baths seem to always be referred to as “powder rooms”—I will admit to having no clue where that terminology comes from (a place to powder one’s nose, perhaps?) but I’m interested in replacing it. At least, when it comes to thinking about the décor in these spaces. Here are some examples of half-bathrooms that are more apt to be called “power rooms” instead.
There’s nothing like custom built-ins to make your home your very own and break away from the rest of the neighborhood. When it comes to bespoke solutions, there are tons of options. As with all good design, built-ins are best when form follows function—as these examples show.
I’ll admit it. I’m one of those folks who still tends to wonder “single-wide or double-wide?” when I hear the term “prefabricated home” being used. But these days prefabricated – or modular – homes have left the confines of trailer parks and gone upscale; way upscale, with some reaching cost heights of over a million dollars. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques and a trend of bringing high-end design with a low environmental impact to the masses, we have the modern prefabricated home. Here are a few of my favorite examples.
I’ve got organizing in my genes. Son of an engineer and a bookkeeper, I was born and raised to prefer having a place for everything. In every job I’ve ever had, I’ve been responsible for creating processes and managing people. When the Chic Simple book series (remember those?) published their book about keeping the perfect desk, I snapped it up. You get the idea—I love organizing stuff. And one of my favorite ways to do that is to use trays.
It’s one of my favorite go-to materials because of its durability, versatility, and the fact that it’s been used for decades in both industrial settings and interior décor. It lasts a lifetime, can be used to create almost any type of furnishing or fixture, and can be incorporated into just about every decorating style. It’s stainless steel. Let’s look at some inspiring examples.
I’m always interested in the simplest ways to update my interiors, and one of my favorite ideas is to go with tone-on-tone décor. It’s a process I’ve used over and over again: just choose an existing color—from your room’s finishes, furnishings, even art—then use it to create matching (or sometimes a shade or two off) walls, rugs, and other pieces in the space. The result always feels elegant and modern. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to approach tone-on-tone decorating.
Brick is often relegated solely to exteriors or fireplaces – two locations where that material is so expected we often don’t notice or appreciate it. With the rise of loft living over the past few decades, brick is being seen more throughout modern interiors, but that does not always mean it is more noticeable. If you’re looking for inspiration around using brick in your interior design, these ideas might be just what you need.
I’ve seen beautiful homes situated near oceans, lakes and rivers – those kinds of locations lend themselves to the affluent. So it’s no surprise when you see a well designed home with a water view. But when I think of houseboats, I have always tended to picture more egalitarian abodes. These examples leave behind any preconceptions about what’s possible when it comes to homes that actually float on water.
If you’re like me and enjoy watching interior design television, you probably have some favorites. Those designers seem to make some of the worst spaces look amazing, but I often wonder what kinds of things they get into when working outside the framework of television design.