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Shhh … It's a Secret (Door, Room, Staircase)

Raise your hand if you used to see The Munsters TV series and secretly envied the trendy lifting stairs where Spot the pet dragon, dwelt below. My hands is way up. The Munster mansion was positively riddled with secret rooms and hidden compartments. The laboratory of grandpa was obtained through a trapdoor in the floor. After you were in the lab, if you pushed on a stone in the wall, then part of the stone wall swung away to show a dungeon. When Herman had a call to make, he tugged on a bellpull, the wall slid open, and a coffin glided out and started to show the phone. Pretty slick. And those were only some of the secret doors and hidden rooms. You’ll need to see the reruns and see just how many others you’ll be able to spot.

You may not have a laboratory, a dungeon or dragon, and you probably use a mobile phone that you can just hide in a pocket, but it doesn’t mean concealed rooms, passageways or compartments are not a great idea. Check out how these homeowners generated a little puzzle and fun in their houses. Is there anything you want to hide?

Hidden Door Store

You really can have that lifting stairs on your own house with no creepy Munster décor. This one hides another stairs to a lower level. This is a lot more intriguing than a coat closet. I simply don’t understand how I’d keep it a mystery, because I’d like to reveal it to everyone.

Red Ridge Millwork

This wine cellar has a bounty of storage out in plain view. However …

Red Ridge Millwork

… the very valuable vintages become stashed in another wine cellar revealed when this whole storage tank opens up. Great idea to use a wine cellar to hide your own wine cellar.

Dan Waibel Designer Builder

In the movies, we observe a wall safe hidden by artwork. What about using artwork to hide things that simply are not that pretty to look at? Framed movie posters can be the perfect way to hide AV parts and that collection of DVDs.

Hidden Door Store

I began thinking about this when one of my clients asked a concealed room for guns. The customer wanted to be certain the guns were protected and concealed in case of a burglary. If what you are hiding is dangerous, put it behind a heavy-duty door that can be locked. The lock is significant if a person discovers your secret spot, but the concealed accessibility behind a bookcase keeps people from even thinking there might be some thing back there.

This photograph and the next three show a wall with sliding panels that appear to be as much for aesthetic appeal as they are for concealing storage compartments as well as the entry to a bedroom.

The ladder rolls along the wall to get access to storage. The wall panel on the left has restored back to show storage. The decorative metal panel slides to the right to demonstrate another doorway behind it.

When the whitened wall panel to the left is open to show the storage, it is hiding the workplace.

A bedroom is supporting the decorative metal panel and a white door. A real sense of solitude is generated while the bedroom entry is behind two layers.

The very best way to hide the entry to an area is to keep people from imagining it is there in the first place. This paneling on the entire wall on each side of the fireplace looks like a normal wall treatment in an upscale house.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

Who would even suspect among the panels opens? The hardware that you choose should be completely invisible. For this kind of door take a look at this invisible hinge from Soss.

lualdiporte.com

Compass Wall Door by Lualdi Porte

These doors are not actually hidden, since they’ve handles. But if they were used using the hardware shown in the previous photo rather, people would not assume they aren’t solid walls, since they move floor to ceiling and the wood is continued in paneling around the room.

GRADA Inc..

Rather than hiding a door within a wall, how about making the whole wall the entry? You would think this is the end wall of a market, but the whole wall slides back to reveal a great little living room. It gives a whole new meaning to the thought of a hideaway.

Choice Wood Company

Using bookcases is by far the number-one way a concealed room is hidden. I believe this works best when you have a library or an office with several bookcases lined up so nothing appears out of place or leads people to suspect a concealed door. But how do you make a recessed bookcase swing open? Read on.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

Hidden Door

Here is the hardware that you need to earn a recessed bookcase glide forward and then swing to the side.

Witt Construction

A display case is a bit less likely to arouse suspicion. Utilize museum wax to secure objects to the shelves.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

Back again to the idea of that usable space beneath the stairs. You do not need to hide an whole room; drawers beneath the risers are a great idea. And if you only eliminate the noticeable manage …

… and use a little piece of almost-hidden pull or push hardware, then you have a convenient secret compartment — a great idea, even if it’s only for hiding sneakers.

Lipa Woodwork

The compartments beneath this stairway could be wholly secret with no pulls. Again, push latch hardware would do the trick.

Lipa Woodwork

And look at just how handy it is to access all that storage as it slides right out instead of you having to crawl into that deep, dark closet.

So let’s : What could you put in a secret compartment?

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Expand Your Horizons Using Map Wallpaper and Decals

Who is not fascinated by a world map? It indicates faraway places and new adventures. Decorating with map wallpaper allows your mind wander to a big scale. A map is an proper addition to a lot of rooms, from a kid’s bedroom (where it could double as a learning device) into a grownup office.

Wall-size maps come in a variety of styles, from a classic blue, green and brownish relief look to colorful, graphic designs. Patient DIYers can also try wallpapering a room in real maps, but that requires time and skill to get right. Nautical maps are also a wall.

Listed below are eight rooms and four papers and stickers which chart a new class in decorating.

Cara Woodhouse Interiors LLC

An orange Jennifer Delonghe couch pops facing a classic map wall in this area by Feathered Nest Interiors.

Dufner Heighes Inc

Dufner Heighes created the most of a little child’s bedroom with space-efficient built in furniture and map wallpaper.

Dufner Heighes Inc

In another bedroom by Dufner Heights, a map wall takes centre stage. The easy, wooden furnishings don’t distract from the global view.

Grace Home Design

Grace Home Designs also opted to use a map mural in this boy’s bedroom. Here a couple of interlocking accents add to the room’s sense of experience.

World Maps Online

World Map Wall Mural – $134.95

To find the look of the map walls in the previous rooms, you can opt for this offering from World Maps Online.

Lowe’s

Brewster Wallcovering World Map Mural – $87.29

Measuring approximately 6 feet by 9 feet, this map mural from Lowe’s is just another choice to make a big impact in any area. Countries are colour coded for additional educational value.

Lisa Tharp Design

A handsome workplace by Kauffman Tharpe Design includes nautical accents, including walls papered in nautical charts. The charts are trapped with apparent thumbtacks.

Pottery Barn

Map Wall Decal – $129

If you don’t need to commit to a permanent map installment, Pottery Barn offers a 5-foot-by-8-foot map decal which lifts off the wall without leaving a mark.

Benedict August

Discuss eclectic. This contemporary nursery Includes a picture map wall in Addition to an Acapulco rocker from Innit, a DIY faux hide from Flor and the iconic Eames Walnut Stool from Design Within Reach.

Christine Tuttle Interior Design

Christine Tuttle Interior Design created this completely nautical bathroom using a nautical chart wallpaper by Ralph Lauren and shipworthy nickel hardware.

Echelon Custom Homes

Echelon Custom Homes took a nautical motif to another level in this powder area. The porthole mirror, a marine-style sconce and map wallpaper are complemented by a life-preserver red vanity and towel.

Fabrics & Papers

Out to Sea Map Wallpaper – EUR 85

To find the look of the nautical bathroom on your home, try this Out to Sea Map Wallpaper from Ralph Lauren, featuring islands, boats, submarines and fish.

Inside this area the homeowner has covered the walls in tiny maps using painter’s tape. You can create a similar look by colour copying maps and implementing them into the walls using either tape or wallpaper paste.

CWB Architects

Blue sheets and storage bins are a perfect foil for the ocean blue of this room’s map mural. Main colors are always a wise choice to set up with a classic map.

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The spotlight is on Hollywood, as awards season comes to an end. This made me consider movies in which the architecture is integral to the storyline, where a home becomes an important personality. This listing of 10 is certainly not all inclusive. I have resisted including movies just because the set design is perfection, like A Single Person or Something’s GotId Offer. Additionally, I have never seen The Fountainhead, because it’s my favourite book. Please chime in under in the Remarks section about any I have overlooked.

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Grey Gardens (The Criterion Collection): Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith – $21.99

Some call it a gorgeous love story. Some call it a chilling story of residing in a raccoon- and – flea-infested, cat urine–filled home. Most soil somewhere in between the two. In case you haven’t seen Grey Gardens, you are passing up a ton of cultural references and you do not even know it.

Watch the first teaser first, let it marinate and then rent the HBO movie that stars Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as the two Edies. The latter will answer a whole lot of questions, and also the set designers did an amazing job of imagining and representing the home in its entire glory.

Amazon

The Money Pit – $5.49

Long before Tom Hanks was stuck on a deserted island he was stuck with this dreadful house and went through a renovation nightmare. I get sucked into this home every time it airs. Tom Hanks is completely hilarious, but the home itself steals the show. Watch it during the frustrating elements of a renovation to observe how things could be much worse.

Amazon

Home Alone – $11.71

A large, empty brick home plays a big role in this blockbuster. These parents figure out how to leave their son Kevin home alone, and he has to not just take care of himself, but also shield the home by a couple of inept burglars.

Amazon

Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) – $5.19

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! This movie brought about a new method to describe a particular style of interior décor. “It was a complete Beetlejuice living area” immediately conjures up odd proportions, a dash of bravura modern and extreme use of color. You have to see the movie.

Amazon

Housesitter – $8.99

Housesitter opens with Steve Martin, playing an architect, suggesting to his girlfriend in front of a gorgeous white home he is designed with a red bow wrapped about it. She says no. Input Goldie Hawn, who’s always dreamed of living in this home.

Another movie with a fantastic home (such as all Nancy Meyers movies) is It is Complicated, where once more Martin plays an architect. Architect is the job screenwriters often give characters.

Amazon

The Lake House (Widescreen Edition) – $4.99

This movie is so boring I fell dead in the midst of it, however, the glass house to the lake as well as how it joins the two main characters is of the utmost significance to the storyline. It’s also a really neat-looking home; along with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, it’s easy on the eyes. However, if you just wish to watch both of these celebrities and you wish to remain alert, I recommend leasing Speed instead.

Amazon

House of Sand and Fog – $9.59

This is only one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen in my life, but I can’t think of another movie where the home is as central to the storyline. Additionally, Jennifer Connelley Ben Kingsley and Shohreh Aghdashloo provide performances.

Amazon

The Notebook – $6.99

If any of you have not seen The Notebook (you’ve seen it at least 10 times or not at all), I do not wish to ruin any surprises, but also the unbelievable renovation of a home as well as the reasons for doing this are very significant.

Amazon

In The Holiday, the whole plot is made by the two main characters’ swapping of homes. One is a cozy little cabin in the U.K., the other is a big and sleek Hollywood home. As this is a Nancy Meyers movie (such as It is Complicated and Something’s GotId Offer), both are dreamy. Due to the temporary new digs, life changes to the two main characters ensue.

Amazon

Marie Antoinette – $6.23

In Sofia Coppolla’s Marie Antoinette, the palace in Versailles plays a significant part, from initially imprisoning Marie Antoinette, to later representing so many of the excesses that drove the French Revolution. Another important set is Antoinette’s special escape, the Petit Trianon, a smaller chateau on the home.

I know I am missing movies where a home steals the show. Please share your favorites in the Remarks section.

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So Your Design Is: Japanese

What it is: Japanese interior decorating is rooted in traditions that have been around for millennia. Guided by a longstanding canon of symbols and beliefs, it upholds the ideals of harmony, balance and order, and puts a high value on the beauty of the natural world.

Why it works: Japanese style conveys a sense of purity and integrity that’s like a balm to our frazzled lives. It’s ever so slightly exotic and mysterious, yet comforting at precisely the exact same time.

You will enjoy it if… You would rather have a plate of soba noodles than a bowl of fettuccine. Your shampoo smells like cherry flowers. You rely on the sound of trickling water to soothe you to sleep. Your choice for movie night is Lost in Translation — again. You have exchanged your hefty German cleavers for lightweight santoku knives.

Mark Brand Architecture

Style Secret: Serenity
If there’s one phrase which sums up Japanese style, it’s Zen — a Japanese sect focused on meditation. Interiors which reflect this influence whisper of contemplation, balance, peace. Lines are simple, vistas unobstructed, light abundant and the general feel calm.

East meets West: Even if the bones of the area aren’t rigorously Japanese, you can approximate the look by peeling down. Strip your distance to the essentials: Pack away clutter, undress walls, get rid of superfluous furnishings. Arrange what’s left in a way that keeps an open, flowing sensibility.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Design Secret: Shoji Screens
Shoji screens, a conventional element of Japanese architecture, are constructed of translucent paper (or in the modern world, plastic or glass ) anchored by a grid of pure wood. Because distance in Asian homes tends to be at a premium, shoji screens frequently slide open and shut instead of swinging out.

East meets West: you’re able to translate shoji screens for all sorts of different applications: windows, kitchen cabinets, room dividers and more. The key: Do not obscure them with accessories or furniture — you’ll block the light which filters and mar their austere beauty.

Feinmann, Inc..

Style Secret: Natural Colors
Nature has an immense influence on Japanese style, and the palette is pulled in the world around usinspired by earth, wood and stone. Use neutral, subtle colors which don’t fall at extreme ends of the spectrum. Think creamy whites instead of stark ones, espresso browns rather than dark, pale and midtone forests, and subdued greens and grays.

East meets West: If you long for a daring stroke of color in a Japanese inside, you can pull it off — carefully. Limit yourself to one or two hues, in very limited focal points, or else you risk upsetting the balance that’s so vital to Japanese layout. As an example, you might group a few sculptural red vases on a mantel or strew deep blue floor pillows in the living area.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Design Secret: Water Features
Japanese style emphasizes strong connections with nature, and water — from bubbling fountains to rushing streams — helps create a tranquil atmosphere. Whether they’re in an inside room or an exterior living space, water features bring a subtly dramatic note that can’t help but catch attention.

East meets West: A fountain isn’t the only means to bring flowing water inside. Try out a freestanding or built-in water wall, a trough which recirculates an indoor-outdoor rain shower. Or get creative and select artwork that depicts flowing waves or water — it’s the next best thing to the actual wet material.

Tracy Stone AIA

Design Secret: Plants
Introducing a touch of living greenery infuses a Japanese-style inside with energy. Pick traditional plants such as bonsai and bamboo, potted in sleek, minimalist containers made of wood, rock or another organic material. Keep the palette focused — green foliage is much more suitable than the usual bounty of colorful blooms.

East meets West: Want to venture outside classic Japanese plants? Bring in specimens which match the character’s sleek, minimalist look: horsetail, ornamental grasses and much more. Or research ikebana, the time-honored art of flower arranging (and there’s no shame in getting the gentleman pinch-hit if you’re all thumbs when it comes to floral design).

cathy Chilton

Style Secret: Rocks and Stones
There’s that link with nature again. Rocks are central to Japanese style, and they’re most commonly found in conventional rock gardens. Smooth, polished stones, such as river stones, best match the serene and fluid feel of a Japanese distance.

East meets West: By all means put in a rock garden to your landscape, but expand the use of stones to your inside also. Use them to accent tile in a bathroom, as a flooring surface or even as a wall covering.

BiglarKinyan Design Planning Inc..

Style Secret: Tatami Mats
Made of woven rushes, tatami mats would be the most bizarre Japanese floor covering, and they symbolize Japanese style in a way that few other items can. They are minimalist and sleek, helping ground the distance in calmness.

Traditionally, tatami mats have been arranged in very particular sizes and patterns according to the measurements of the area, however there’s no need to adhere to old principles — select the mat which works best for the area.

East meets West: Believe past the Ground. Hung on the wall in precisely the exact same way that you might mount a rug or quilt, tatami mats punctuate a space with quiet tone and feel. You might even use them as table runners or coverings.

Michael Fullen Design Group

Design Secret: Sculptural Lighting
Natural lighting drives Japanese style, but fixtures with clean profiles and minimalist lines stand in following the sun sets. Herea Japanese cricket lamp hangs pendant style over a floating nightstand, rather than a more conventional table lamp. You could also pick iconic fixtures which evoke the soul of Japanese decoration, such as the Nelson necklace lamp.

East meets West: Hanging paper lanterns are quintessentially Japanese, but think beyond garden parties and kids’ rooms. Lots of specialty and chain retailers (think Ikea, Crate & Barrel, West Elm) carry simple paper lamps which combine nicely with the Japanese aesthetic.

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Easy and fun Ways to add White Spaces and Color

Color arouses the eye and makes any space intriguing and personal, but it does not mean you need to paint the walls. There are benefits to having white partitions (if you lease, possibly your landlord has told you this already). White retains a room feeling bright and clean, and is a great background color to make other colors visually stunning. Here are strategies to make a white room sing with colour.

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Play different spaces within an open floor plan. Keep your house light and white, and let colour shine throughout on cloths, wall art and furnishings/decor to divide up your spacious rooms.

Rethink Design Studio

Warm up a kids’ room. Add a spool of a perky colour like yellow, together with a large pattern, to a white space and it will be really cheerful for the small ones. Add DIY bits such as trim around lamp shades.

TILTON FENWICK

Bring in a large piece of artwork. To pull the eye into a space and produce a vibrant impact, pick up one enormous piece of artwork and place it onto a focal wall over a sofa, fireplace, bed, dining table or dresser.

Emily A. Clark

Produce a warm master bedroom. Bring in heat through furniture. Against a blue-tinted white wall (a relaxing color of white), dark timber furniture seems divine. Fluffy white bedding looks like a tempting white blur when placed on a chocolate finished bed frame, and the deep blue window treatments aren’t just great for keeping the room dark at night, but the blue is calming to the eye.

Dreamy Whites

Add a little softness. This is excellent for a guest area palette. Keep the room soft and cozy by painting walls a grey white and adding layers of white bedding start with a bed skirt, sheets and comforter or coverlet, put in a blanket or throw at the end of the bed which has lighter quieter tinted colors. Then top the bed(s) with petal pillows.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Show off metal finishes. A crisp white backdrop lets reflective finishes shine. This could be a fantastic opportunity to put in a gallery of gold or silver frames.

Vintage Scout Interiors, Debbie Basnett

Add a large piece of vibrant furniture. Wrap the item of furniture in your room in colour. Forget about a sofa; bring in a joyful vibrant upholstered sofa. Or change your present sofa by reupholstering or including a slipcover.

Add a colored piece of furniture. Red, blue, green or some other color painted onto a desk, buffet, accent table or even a bed frame may turn a white room to an inspired, fun space. I adore the idea of using a piece of painted furniture in an entryway. It will be a “wow” moment for anybody entering your property.

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Accessories 101: Staffordshire Dogs

Staffordshire dogs are some of the very traditionally sought after ceramic décor. Dating back to the 1700s for working class families to decorate their houses, the pottery comes from companies in the County of Staffordshire, England. Staffordshire spaniels are available in many sizes and color combinations, with the all-white figurines being the hottest.

While the appearance is quite conventional, today’s designers are combining those figurines in much more contemporary and contemporary contexts. The prevalence of this Staffordshire has carried into important retail outfits, which have generated updated versions of this appearance. Obviously, the original antiques are equally hard to find and expensive. However, reproductions may look just as good and are readily accessible. In any event, the puppies are sure to bring a little timelessness to any space.

Ann West Interiors

Here, the puppies are placed where they were meant for: the mantel. You can see why. They look good flanking another parts of ceramic. The oversize glass boats which hold thistles are radically contemporary compared to this Staffordshire, all which make a nice mixture of styles.

Philip Clayton-Thompson

In this tropical all-white space, the accession of this big white Staffordshire puppy on the table, paired with the dark shade of this lamp, adds warmth and formality into the differently casual room. The contrast between the loosely slip-covered chair and the traditional ceramic generates an authentically diverse aesthetic.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

The red and white Staffordshire dogs are a surprise element to this room. By placing them under the red lacquered table, the designers may be referencing a style without putting it fully on display. The area remains contemporary, with a key inclusion of Victorian glamour beneath the coffee table.

Astleford Interiors, Inc..

The casual positioning of these dogs onto the table amid the rest of the ceramic sets creates a layered appearance. Clearly, there’s a high-low element to the group.

What’s nice about putting a piece of Staffordshire in your desk is you really get to appreciate it every time you write a letter or work. And, in this instance, the porcelain spaniel goes nicely with the fun yellow lamps and old fashioned telephone. It seems absolutely retro.

Furbish Studio

Black Staffordshire Dogs – $72

These are not actual, but they seem it! The black and white blend is classic, and the puppies’ small size makes these suitable for practically any space.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler Staffordshire Spaniel Lamp-left at Table Lamps – $395

The matte finish and angular design are contemporary and fresh.

Porcelain Dog Pillow Cover – $12

This pillow is a perfect way to bring this appearance without needing to acquire the porcelain.

Carleton Varney Set of two White Staffordshire Porcelain Dogs – $16.99

You could have this traditional all-white appearance with the gold chain at a very affordable price.

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Guest Picks: 20 Affordable Area Rugs

The floor in the front of my sofa is looking awfully bare. The requirements? A fun patterned rug that doesn’t cost more than $1,000. — Melanie from You’re My Fave

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Hand-Hooked Chelsea Southwest Multicolor Wool Rug – $264.34

I don’t usually go for Southwest themes, but I saw this rug in a bedroom that was not themed and the colors and patterned seemed fresh and modern.

West Elm

Gradiated-Stripe Cotton Rug – $19

Classic stripes in three different colors with a accent trim? I am sold.

Urban Outfitters

Bead Silhouette Printed Rug – $50

A contemporary pop of pattern and colour. It’s about the small side but might make a great addition to a kitchen or laundry area.

Crate&Barrel

Island Graphite Chevron Rug – $199

A nice neutral rug with a subtle chevron pattern can be easily added to any area.

Anthropologie

Up-Close Cranesbill Rug – $398

This modern abstract pattern will add colour and interest to your flooring. I enjoy that the most important colour is a nice shade of gray instead of a white that dirties simpler.

Anthropologie

Expanding Colorscape Rug – $698

My husband is concerned with all the coziness of this rug we select. This will provide him the softness he needs while not compromising about the pattern that I need.

Home Decorators Collection

Rosa Area Rug – $69

I enjoy the safe color of the one. It would not be hard to fit and it sill conveys interest.

Home Decorators Collection

Chrysanthemum Area Rug – $119

Although florals are often regarded as girly, the large-scale pattern and navy colour of the rug make it a bit more masculine. At least that is the argument I would give to my spouse.

Garnet Hill

Bogart Flat-Weave Wool Rug – $68

If Oprah recommends it then it has to be useful. I really like the deep teal one.

Garnet Hill

Droplets Hooked Wool Rug – $98

This droplet reminds me of this classic stem pattern from Orla Kiely. That’s a win in my book.

Garnet Hill

Houndstooth Flat-Weave Wool Rug – $188

Houndstooth is one of these classic patterns I don’t think I’ll ever tire of. If you stare at it for too long it might cause a hassle though.

Cost Plus World Market

Nomad Sculpted Rug – $349.99

I typically don’t go for red, but combine it with a nice gray and it looks sharp enough to blanket the floor.

Dash & Albert Rug Company

Spinnaker Woven Cotton Rug – $30

Dash and Albert have stripes down. I really like how brightly colored this rug is, as well as the very affordable price.

Rugs USA

Firouz Shadow Ikat Ivory Rug – $209

This ikat pattern looks way more lush and expensive than it really is. It almost looks like something from the pages of a magazine.

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Handmade Alexa Modern Damask Wool Rug – $205.27

Just how long has the damask pattern been about? Long enough to know that it’s always going to be a classic.

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Amy Butler Hand-Tufted Ivory Floral New Zealand Wool Rug – $499

Amy Butler knows how to operate a blueprint, and this flowery rug is no exception. It’s a great cost for your designer look.

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Tattersall Black/Ecru Woven Cotton Rug – $33

I feel like this one would fit in well at a cabin. It kind of cries “mountain man.”

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Handmade Alexa Pino Suzani Rug – $295.79

I haven’t really considered lavender, but I am thinking it might certainly work paired with navy and gray.

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Cenon Ikat Black Rug – $209

Another ikat pattern that looks luxe in more manly colors.

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Homespun Modern Trelllis Charcoal Rug – $59

Gray is my preferred neutral, and this trellis pattern feels classic yet fresh. Is that possible?

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Modern Gable-Style Homes

At its origin, modern structure is a break in the past, and in terms of the roof, that fracture is explicit. Pitched roofs that traditionally serve to shed snow and rain are generally eschewed in modernism for flat roofs, which occasionally serve as terraces for regaining the land the building occupies.

But modern structure isn’t only flat roofs. Pitched roofs of various types can follow in the ease and innovation that drives the modern style — motivated by the vernacular but also modernist leaders such as Gunnar Asplund, who functioned in a context where flat roofs have been untenable. This ideabook concentrates on gables and that which makes them modern and different than traditional ones.

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The gable within this home is obviously unique in how the second floor jobs beyond the first floor at one end, creating a covered patio in the process. Gray predominates from the exterior’s walls and roof, however, the gable end is made more distinct by being stuffed with timber boards.

Birdseye Design

A similar projection occurs in this two-story home, but here it extends down to the first floor also functions together with all the canopy to demarcate the entrance. Wraparound windows make the most of this slight projection.

HP Rovinelli Architects

The prominent gable on this home in Maine sits above a screened-in porch. The tapering horizontal slots make some intriguing lighting at the open space and also help to ventilate it.

HP Rovinelli Architects

The garage for the exact same home in Maine also features a gable top, an almost platonic prism that appears to float above the stone walls and timber columns below. The ease of this roof and wall materials above, in addition to the sharpness of the edges, make it especially modern.

HP Rovinelli Architects

The flared gable for this poolhouse seems to be a development of 3 scenarios from back to front: decorated with shingles, semi-enclosed with shingles, and then open rafters in the patio. This development makes it appear as if the gable is deconstructed from 1 end to another.

Don F. Wong

At first glance this house looks traditional, and also for the most part it is, but the gable end has modern touches: the horizontal banding at the bottom of the first floor and top of the next floor, the asymmetry of the first floor, as well as the carved corner entrance. Notice how the last is also highlighted by a tree-trunk column.

David Vandervort Architects

This gable end follows the rest of the home in being wrapped in corrugated metal. A large opening to inside belies the semi-industrial character of the little house.

Eck | MacNeely Architects inc..

The large openings of the gable end seem to comparison with the traditional form and skin. The first-floor windows give a glimpse into the huge living room inside.

Martin Hewitt

This gable end is really a floor-to-roof glass wall that sits behind a chimney; the latter punctures the roof extension, a move that necessitates the inclusion of steel-tube columns into the side.

Lane Williams Architects

The conclusion of the house also includes a chimney facing the gable, but here the roof is notched round the circular flue.

Charlie & Co.. Design, Ltd

The architect of the house labels it “Modern Shingle Style I,” a moniker that seems fitting together with all the Siamese gables on the long front porch.

Hufft Projects

“Flattened gable” is an proper description for the conclusion of the home. The lower profile is highlighted by the good wood infill in the conclusion, a continuation of the wall below, but it is an expression that reads as a triangle with an notched porch and horizontal window below.

From a distance the numerous parts of the house take on an exaggerated look: the massive glass wall in the bottom end, the tiny random openings round the corner, the roof extension overhead, along with the canopy that extends out of the roof and overlaps with the perpendicular volume. See a closer look next.

This view shows how the “+” shaped home is rendered in 2 ways that attract the gable vernacular into the modern. This white aspect, explained in the previous photo, is compared with the dark metal panels that wrap the walls and roof, and the normal grid of windows that provides a strong logic to another quantity.

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Modern Icons: The Anziano Chair

This modern classic seat relies upon a seat originally designed by the Greeks sometime around 400 B.C.. They were called Klismos chairs, and they regained popularity in the 19th century when classical architecture and design came back into favour. The seat we’re celebrating today, the Anziano seat, takes this real classic and mashes it up with modern materials and methods. The end result is a gorgeous piece with classic Greek roots, mid-century modern flair, along with a futuristic feel that will endure for several years.

Introducing the Anziano Chair: This pair of ivory lacquer chairs with black legs dancing atop a coordinating checkerboard floor.

Mark English Architects

The seat in the corner of this chamber is a Klismos chair more in the tradition of the original Greek chairs. Attributes include.

Donghia

Anziano Chair | Donghia

This modern interpretation of this Klismos by John Hutton for Donghia uses bent timber, simplifies matters using a plain T-back, also celebrates the form of the legs using an outline crafted of tubular steel. Hutton designed the seat in 1989, and it is already a part of the Brooklyn Museum’s Decorative Arts Collection.

Options include organic, warm cherry, brown mahogany, ebonized, ivory lacquer, midnight leather along with cognac leather.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

The combination of wood and metal coordinates nicely with various elements of this kitchen; the mild wood increases the mixture of timber finishes, while the dark legs play the cupboard dark and hardware windowpanes.

Eleven Interiors

An all-black pair of chairs retains the dining area from being consumed by this mild and open space.

A pair of warm, cherry Anziano chairs paired with a very simple farmhouse table produces a pleasing and unexpected combination.

Eminent Interior Layout

While based upon an ancient design, the seat works well into the near future, fitting in perfectly with contemporary elements.

Cathy Schwabe Architecture

When dining, a complete collection is never mandatory; this built-in dining bench and three chairs provide for an assortment of dining adventures.

Sroka Design, Inc..

Not only for diningroom, the Anziano makes a great occasional chair in a living room, den or study, and doesn’t take up much visual distance.

Eleven Interiors

It also introduces its striking shape to this sleek and luxurious bedroom.

Curious? Locate a showroom near you which carries Anziano Chairs

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Lose It: CDs, DVDs, Cassettes and VHS tapes

As we continue to get our audio and music on the internet, we develop from an increasing number of types of technology. That the CD was the press storage solution of the long run. Now, it is becoming nearly as obsolete since VHS and cassettes. While streamlining your stuff makes for a more ecofriendly potential, what can you really do with your leftover tapes and CDs when you are done?

While plastic casings and covers can at times be recycled, the CDs themselves and the tape in VHS and cassette tapes requires a special recycling procedure. It might require a little additional work, getting the excess crap out of your house and rescue it from filling landfills and polluting air and water is a fairly wonderful benefit.

Use It!

Unfortunately, aside from re-watching and listening to them, there are not many practical applications for worn out VHS tapes, cassette tapes, CDs, and DVDs. There are some quirky crafts for things beyond repair, however your best choice for tapes and CDs that nevertheless work would be to give them. Odds are there’s somebody out there who will believe that your trash is an absolute treasure.

Give them to the Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or the Alternative Community Training organization. ACT provides work for handicapped people who work on erasing and repacking donated VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and floppy disks. Usually tapes still in good shape following erasing are resold, whereas the plastic portions of the rest are recycled.

Give them to the local library or school if the content is applicable. Some schools will also utilize cassette tape for crafts (there’s a rumor that it creates great puppet hair).

Try giving them away on Craigslist or even Freecycle. You would be amazed by how many people would jump at the chance to get a bit of music/media history.

When you have a particularly impressive collection, try selling them on eBay or Amazon.

Lose It!

VHS and cassette tapes:
Check with your town’s recycling guidelines. Some cities will allow you to recycle the plastic casing with the tape taken out, which means you can throw them in your recycling bin.

Mail things in to GreenDisk, Back Thru The Future, or Nationwide Recycle by Mail. Each company has different shipping rules and regulations, but provide easy options that you mail in your old VHS and cassette tapes, and have them disposed of correctly.

CDs and DVDs: Much like VHS and cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs will need to be recycled at special facilities. Most of these discs contain aluminum, lacquer, gold, dyes, glass, silver, and nickel — one of other harmful substances and substances. Throwing them from the garbage or recycling can be harmful. A number of the facilities that procedure VHS and cassette tapes will also procedure CDS or even DVDs.

The CD Recycling Center of Americahas a record of places where you are able to mail in small quantities of DVDs and CDs — along with their jewel boxes — such as processing. For bigger quantities of disks, there’s a separate collection of facilities nationwide where you can fall off boxes and boxes of old CDs and DVDs.

When you have a fantastic collection, try selling them on eBay or Amazon — you’d be amazed by how much people will pay to get a CD of some vague’80s band.

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