I used to dismiss things like having a fireplace in the bathroom as needless and frivolous—and then I lived for a year in a 100-year-old house with no central heating. Even here in the south, that was a tough winter. In addition, the only bathroom in the house had only a wonderful old cast iron footed tub—no shower—and on those cold mornings it was not fun bathing. I could have really used a fireplace in that bathroom. Ever since then, I’ve enjoyed seeing how people incorporate fireplaces into bathrooms.
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There’s so much to consider when thinking about interior design and décor; from color and texture to scale and functionality, the ways to combine design elements are practically infinite. And that’s one of the things that’s so much fun about interior design and about observing and writing about interior design, seeing how different people use the variety of tools available.
One of those interior design elements is light. Most of us tend to think of light in the most literal of ways: illumination provided by electric fixtures or natural light through windows and other openings. But there’s also the factor of reflected light; one of the things I always look for in a balanced and pleasing interior is reflection. And today I’m going to show you some examples of reflection in these shimmering interiors, starting with the bathroom seen at the top of this post.
Winter has its pros and cons, don’t you agree? The weather is sometimes awful, the holiday season can be stressful, and then there’s all that food and the extra pounds it brings. On the other hand, it’s the time of year we get to reflect on the previous year and resolve to be or do or have something different in the New Year, the holiday season can be joyful, and then there’s the family chalet to escape to where you can ski off all those extra pounds.
Wait a minute. You mean you don’t have a family chalet to escape to? There’s not a snow-covered mountain cottage where you can enjoy a hot toddy by the fire after a day of skiing and perhaps escaping from other international spies… oh, sorry, I got my interior décor blogging mixed up with my action novel manuscript for a moment there.
Well it should come as no surprise that I don’t have a chalet either, but that won’t stop me from stealing great design ideas from this one I found in the French Alps.
Hanukkah is here and Christmas is just around the corner. No matter how you celebrate the season—and even if you don’t celebrate a specific tradition—holiday decorating can sometimes be the last thing on your mind this time of year. For me, I’m the son who still helps his mom with her holiday decorating and some years the effort that takes makes me decide to skip my own holiday décor. Plus, sometimes being in an urban environment during the holidays takes its toll on a person’s energy level. Whatever the reason, there are years when I don’t feel much like decorating for the season.
But when it’s one of those times and I’m not going to put in the time on my own décor at home for the holidays, there’s still a simple and elegant way to bring in some spirit—in a completely urban holiday way: hanging a strand or two of lights.
The story goes like this: fashion magnate Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee decided to buy a place near Tommy’s latest project: refurbishing the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. So, naturally, they found a 14,000 square foot place on the beach and decided to bring in “million dollar designer” Martyn Lawrence Bullard to oversee design, then told Bullard “if it’s not shagadelic or groovy, it’s not coming into the house.” Add the couple’s tremendous collection of Pop and post-Pop art masterpieces, a love for all things ‘60s and ‘70s inspired, and a Hilfiger sized budget, and the result is the kind of place that has a Scarface meets Studio 54 vibe—in a good way.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and I’m sure this won’t be the last time): when it comes to designing and decorating your home, my philosophy is “if you like it, then why not do it?” Sure, some folks talk about—and, for reasons that I’m sure are quite justified, worry about—resale value, but there’s very little someone can do to permanently reduce the value of a home; most things can be remodeled, or simply repainted. So, if you want your beach house to have a black exterior—then I say do it! Here are a handful of examples of others who’ve taken the step.
When it comes to finding ways to improve our homes or make the interior design of a space feel like it’s unique to you, most of us tend to think of the same kinds of changes or improvements. Things like a new coat of paint or a kitchen remodel always seem to be at the top of the list, but sometimes it’s the little details that we often take for granted that, when changed, make the biggest difference. Rethinking your bathroom mirror, for example, can have a major impact without a ton of effort.
You know how sometimes you’ll be looking at interior design images online and something in one of those images will just reach out and grab you, make you amazed, and leave you star struck? That happened to me just the other day when I suddenly became aware I was seeing all sorts of terrific images of rooms with skylights. And these weren’t just any old skylights; these were something very special. So, of course, I thought I’d share them with you.
Now and then, when I’m daydreaming about having a very (VERY) large budget for a new home, I turn to the unreal-to-me lives of celebrities and their abodes for inspiration. There are plenty that I wouldn’t touch with a proverbial 10-foot pole (money does not equal taste, in case you haven’t heard), but then there are those that are very appealing. Here are a few that I particularly like:
I have a new obsession, which means you get to learn all about it. Lucky you. No, really—I mean, lucky both of us actually. I get to learn about stuff and then write about it so you can decide if it’s of use to you. I’m sure this will be interesting and useful because who doesn’t need to partition off a space from time to time? And who couldn’t use a few new ideas about attractive ways to do that?