Simple Luxury at a Retreat

For many, luxury means opulence — rich carpeting, chandeliers dripping with crystal, and silk cushions. For others, luxury is all about simplicity — with less sometimes means you get to enjoy it more. This home in Österlen, Sweden, is a perfect example of the latter. The home was once an abandoned farmhouse, which the customers found in a terrible condition. However, the location in the summer beach town could not have been better, or so the family recruited Jonas Labbé and Johannes Schotanus of LASC Studio in Copenhagen to redesign the space.

The customers, a couple from Stockholm with 2 kids, were operating with a limited budget, so Labbé and Schotanus chose to stay with a very simple substance palette, re-inventing the farmhouse by opening up the space and blending traditional and modern elements. The end result is clean, minimalistic, and just luxurious.

Here it is before the family moved in with their own furniture, allowing you to focus on the property’s architecture .

LASC Studio

The homes in this area are often built in a style that is robust, using a central courtyard to protect residents from the spacious and subtropical atmosphere. While the customers were aware of what a traditional Österlen house looked like, they wanted something that would permit them to enjoy the outdoors.

LASC Studio

Labbé and Schotanus chose to maintain the original windows and flooring, but they eliminated nearly 2/3 of the walls within the home to open the room and give it a more lofty feel. They also installed more large window openings using window frames that dissolve in the plaster, which makes the glimpses of their outdoors seamless with the rest of the house.

The group at LASC also chose to add a renovated 1960s Danish stove. The gorgeous bit adds a rustic and authentic touch.

LASC Studio

The group chose to maintain the material palette quite minimal. Very little was utilized out of walnut planks, concrete, and white plaster. “We translated this as a struggle to rethink and play the notion of refuge,” Labbé says.

LASC Studio

Although bright pops of bold orange and blue are sprinkled throughout the house, the colors are usually straightforward and bare to replicate the landscape outside. While the pale palette connects with the outdoors, the orange and blue accents throughout the home were created as elements of comfort and nostalgia — they remind the customers of their time they spent living in China and of the summer days they spent in a nearby beach.

LASC Studio

The orange and blue are used mostly in transitional spaces, and seem to peek out and disappear again as you walk throughout the house.

LASC Studio

From the very start, they chose to infuse the 1,130-square-foot house with a look that they described as”immaterial luxury” Simple pine planks line the walls and flooring leading up the bold blue staircase.

“This is a very unpretentious house,” says Labbé. “It attracts the focus of luxury back to being about simplicity and experience.”

LASC Studio

Upstairs, a hidden door lends a playful and unexpected element to some light-filled bedroom . The pine door blends right in with the paneled wall, revealing a burst of neon orange when opened. “We like working in this manner — finding solutions and expressions that seem both familiar and unexpected,” Schotanus says.

LASC Studio

After the door to the bedroom is left open, the main living room downstairs is visible — making the home feel very much like a loft. The main aim for the group was supposed to open up the house as far as you can. While part of the process was removing some portions of this structure, it also involved re-inventing the current house by opening up windows and doors from the original walls.

LASC Studio

True to contemporary style in Sweden, product and decor is kept very straightforward and sparse. However, the area is heated up by natural sunlight pouring onto rustic and cozy pine paneling.

LASC Studio

Among the customers and LASC’s favourite parts about this endeavor was that the washing house connected to the main house. Both structures were created in precisely the exact same manner — a traditional exterior structure that has playful and contemporary ideas mixed into its design.

LASC Studio

The group wanted to make sure that the beauty of this Österlen countryside will be as present from the bath house because it is in the primary house. The shower floor was made from wood so that when the shower is switched on the noise of water falling on timber recalls the natural world outside.

LASC Studio

The tub was put towards the other end of the bath house, in front of a sunlit window. The seat underneath the window is warmed concrete. The easy design puts an emphasis on the view and creates a more blurred transition between the indoors and the outdoors.

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8 Methods to Design a Better Shower

We went off for a long weekend and stayed at a wonderful condo with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. However, as fine as the condo is, the shower layout left lots to be desired. The controls were put in the wrong location, the shower head was set too low to get a taller person, the clunky glass door was all wobbly and unattractive, there wasn’t a location for soap and shampoo, and more. Thus taking a shower wasn’t enjoyable in any way.

What bothered me most about this was, with just a little forethought and no extra price, the shower may have been quite great. There was considerable space and a lot of natural lighting in the bathroom. My guess is that the shower wasn’t nicer simply because the builder and designer did not consider the shower in any way.

Here are 8 tips on how best to prevent this when you choose to remodel your bathroom.

Jamie Herzlinger

1. Right sizing. I hate showers that are too small and therefore are claustrophobic. When we were children, it is like those showers in summer camp. For if I was 10 but not now, Fine. So to get the best size I will ask customers to stand with their arms outstretched and then turn into a circle. This circle will be the minimum size shower the client will want. If you have the area, a good rule of thumb to follow is that the shower ought to be a minimum of 60″ by 36″. Of course the shower can get larger as we include things such as a bench or other feature.

ASID, Christopher A Rose AIA

2. A simple reach to the controls. Another pet peeve is when the shower controls are placed such that I have to walk in the shower to turn the water off or on. That initial burst of ice cold water getting me wet is something we could all do without. Setting the controls at a place that is can be obtained from outside the shower area is simple and well worth the few feet of extra piping.

Andre Rothblatt Architecture

3. Bench. Whether this is a place to sit down and relax (especially if it’s at a steam shower) or a prop that enables you to easily shave your legs, benches are essential elements of a well designed tub. This bench, set where the is the least ceiling height, which makes the shower even more usable and fun.

ZeroEnergy Design

And, lest we forget, shower seats could be fun.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

Shower benches can also be made to fold to be from the way too.

Bill Fry Construction – Wm. H. Fry Const. Co..

4. A location for soap and shampoo. A small, recess from the shower wall with a shelf or two works magic when there are numerous bottles of shampoo, conditioner, conditioner and more. Size the niche to accommodate the tallest bottle you’ll use and be sure that you slope the shelf towards the shower to allow it to shed water easily.

MN Builders

5. A deluge of shower heads. From the conventional, wall mounted head into a rain head to body sprays to hand held showers, there’s an amazing wealth of shower heads available today. Just make sure that there’s enough hot water and water pressure to accommodate all of these. Definitely a tankless hot water heater near a shower like this can come in handy once the showering goes for awhile.

Gelotte Hommas Architecture

Or if the handhelds are in conflict.

6. Keep it glowing with natural lighting. Showers don’t have to be in the darkest corner of the bathroom. But when they are, put in the distance to brighten up.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

And use a glass door the light filters into the bathroom.

Neiman Taber Architects

Or just a skylight when there’s no window.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

7. Consider an open shower. You desire another shower and bathtub but you simply have a narrow, tight area. Consider an “open shower” that puts the bathtub after the shower, as revealed here.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

8. Go curbless. A curbless shower is not only for those with difficulty getting around. A curbless shower can turn the whole toilet into a showering room.

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12 Ways to Warm Up Your Patio

If there’s one tough point to say goodbye to in the end of summer, it’s outdoor entertaining on the terrace. However, with certain additions, there’s hope for extending your patio usage into late autumn. Some require a larger investment like a roof or heat lamps, others a kinder on the pocket, like candles. Or, if you reside in a warmer climate, a couple of design tricks for “warming up” your terrace for the season also have been included in the following ideabook. Here is to patios no matter weather!

Elizabeth Dinkel

Add a rooftop. Whether you choose a permanent, yearlong structure or a seasonal canopy, a roof over the terrace will help include warmth in the warmer months. If you are able, wire it with lighting to prepare it for fall’s sooner setting sunlight.

Brian Watford Interiors

If you do add a roof, circle it with curtains. You can easily block a breeze once it becomes overly cold, plus, visually, their addition will present your covered terrace a tropical cabana feel.

Build a fireplace. This one is quite obvious, and will alter the way you experience your terrace.

Kirkpatrick Design

If a fireplace is too big an investment, or your terrace just does not have room, light each seating area separately with small, portable candles. You will benefit from comparable warm lighting without shelling out big bucks.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

With all the cool gadgets nowadays, you can also create a small firepit directly in your terrace table. Just be careful when reaching for the salt!

Straight Line Landscape

Heating lamps can heat a substantial area, helping your whole patio stay cozy despite dipping temperatures.

Kaufman Homes, Inc..

If standing heat lamps seem to big and daunting, consider a more discrete version, similar to this heater installed in the ceiling.

DuChateau Floors

Though you’d never know from just taking a look at the picture, these wooden floors are heated. Engineered flooring can work wonders for a terrace, keeping your feet and space additional snug.

Baysix Design

If you are one of the lucky ones who resides in a warmer climate, you may not have to worry considerably about cold temperatures invading your terrace. However, you may wish to visually warm up your space for the winter season. Peppering your patio furniture with blankets and cushions can allow it to look extra cozy.

Scot Meacham Wood Design

In dryer climates, think about adding a rug under your furniture, particularly for stone floors, which is cooler. The carpet is going to likely more comfortable on bare feet and floor the appearance as a whole.


Warm up your furniture with upholstered cushions. Blogger Cococozy, who made this terrace, upholstered the cushions in heavy-handed linen backed with Sunbrella to defy the rain and snow of cooler months (she leaves her cushions out all year).

Hint: Cococozy suggests propping outdoor cushions in their sides when not in use: If it rains or snows, the water tends to drain out instead of build up inside the pillow.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

Texture adds visual heat. I really like the smart use of tall grasses facing the cement wall.

Add texture through tablescapes and mantle decorations. Even the look of rattan furniture can help to heat up the room.

Busybee Design

This terrace has it all going on: comfy cushions, a cozy rug, throw pillows galore and plenty of hot texture.

CG&S Design-Build

Of course, the greatest addition to some “collapse” patio? A hot tub. The perfect spot to unwind, star gaze and enjoy a cool, winter evening.

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Guest Groups: Halloween Style for Your Kitchen

Instead of funny decorations in materials that won’t last beyond Halloween, embed the holiday at the color and style of your everyday. Black and orange and ghostly clear are amazing colors that complement the Halloween theme but still get the job done for the rest of autumn too.
I want some fun during the month of October, and such pieces bring it won’t lose my focus from year to year. A number could become a part of your area indefinitely. I think of Halloween since the beginning of the entertaining season. Invite some folks over for a Halloween dinner to observe the magical transformation going on in your kitchen.
Halloween sometimes comes out kitsch, but these pieces may keep your cooking, dining and entertaining classy all month — and season — long.
— Mariko Jackson from The Little Foodie


Kosta Boda Mine Large Black Plate – $40

The wisp of black on this gorgeous serving plate feels like a mist or cloud on a Halloween night sky. This makes a stunning piece for any dinner.

Urban Outfitters

3-D Faux Chandelier – $39

This very simple light decoration makes your dining table haunted and gothic without the massive expense of a true chandelier.


Barbuzzo Candle Carver – $6.14

I adore this takes a very simple apple and leaves it a source of light. This may be even be used for smaller pumpkins. I really could find uses for all these candles throughout Christmas.


Vine Pumpkins – $5.95

These beautiful vine pumpkins would sit well on your kitchen island on the dining table as a centerpiece. I enjoy the tone of the vine as contrasted with the standard orange of Halloween pumpkin decorations.


Fondue Set, Orange Enameled Pot – $64.95

To get a dinner or dinner, put a cauldron on your desk and get to delicious dipping. Heat chocolate or cheese such as a witches’ brew!

Chef Tools

Le Creuset Braiser Buffet Casserole – $184.95

My favorite cookware is flexible enough to go on the stove top and from the oven. I’d use this for stews, curries, braising meats or any reassuring long-stewed dish you can consider. Inside this color it provides a bright spot to your dinner table.


Spider Cupcake Holders, Set of 6 – $9.95

Display your Halloween cupcakes with dash. These spider cupcake holders add a little spooky to your Halloween celebration. I bet some of these would walk off!

Pottery Barn

Pumpkin Serving Bowls – $32.50

Whether filled with soothing soups or candies for grabbing, I’d make use of this pumpkin serving bowl season long. It has a natural color and grain that I prefer in an autumn setting.


Marimekko Kumina Orange Napkin – $8.95

Stylish table napkins with wrought iron autumn squash blossoms. I adore the arch stalks that cut through the colors of orange.


Iittala Taika 5 computer. Set in Black and White – $156

The detail on these dishes could sit in well on a fall afternoon tea party. The white and black is tasteful and just slightly spooky as a result of the hooting owl.


Here are some darling invitations you could use for your Halloween dinner celebration. I love the detail in these types of pumpkins almost as much as I like paper.


Riedel Sommeliers Black Tie Bordeaux Grand Cru Glass – $117.95

Just barely accented in black. You might swirl around a fancy drink for striking effect.


Halloween Creepy Creatures Glass Markers, Set of 13 – $9.95

These fun suctioning ghouls and goblins will help you find your drinking glass in your next Halloween party — which is, if your kids do not steal them!


Starck Louis Ghost Chair in Clear

Are you currently sitting or are you floating? Even though the expense places these on a “when you win the lottery” wishlist, a set of these stylish Victorian ghost seats are really fun on Halloween. (Plus, you can get miniature chairs to the kiddie table!)


Delicious Nigiri Sushi Baby or Toddler Costume – $60

These sushi infant outfits are great enough to eat in a costume party. The wasabi/ginger headband accent is the sweetest aspect of the ensemble. I’ll take all of them.


Tea-And-Crumpets Child’s Apron – $24

Bring your little one into your kitchen to get an afternoon of Halloween baking. I wish they had one in my size.

Sur La Table

Tangerine Hand Mixer – $49.95

What better way to add to your cooking style than with this tangerine mixer? The color is inspiring for some Halloween cookie baking.

Nordic Ware

Pumpkin Patch Pan – $41.50

I crave pumpkin desserts all the month of October (and let’s face it, way beyond that). These would be ideal for individual pumpkin cakes or breads.


Kuhn Rikon Pumpkin Knife – $24.95

Carving pumpkins is difficult and dangerous. This knife should help me reduce squash and pumpkin easily, as well as split for Halloween.


Totally Bamboo NewBoo Black Silicone Spatula – $11.54

The modern woman’s magical broom. I love the wooden dark-grained handle along with the sleek look of the heat-resistant silicone spatula.

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Decide on the Right Carpet Material

Among the most important elements in choosing carpet is understanding what it’s made of, because distinct carpet fibers have different characteristics. Before you head to the showroom, figure out which type is right for your room’s style and traffic pattern with this handy guide.




Hides soil Strong, elastic and resilient; excellent for heavy traffic
Responds very well to cleaning, as moisture leaves the fiber swell and discharge dirtNaturally fire retardantNeutralizes indoor air pollutants and does not reemit themEnvironmentally friendly
DisadvantagesHigh cost
Prone to distortion by excessive agitation
Stains easily, Because of Its absorbency and Simplicity of dyeingVery sensitive to chlorine bleachCost: About $5 to $24 per square foot, installed

Dunlap Design Group


Most commonly used fiber; yet easily available in a Wide Selection of Colours and texturesGood elasticity — very important in heavy traffic areas where furniture can be dragged Throughout the carpetAbrasion resistant, exceeding even woolWear guaranties frequently availableResilient; can be crushed for long periods and regain its initial shapeResponds very well to most professional cleaning methods and treatmentsDisadvantages
Can have problems with waxing, evaporating, urine reactions and thus onSynthetic, so that it off-gases
Cost: $4 per square foot or longer for high quality, best for heavy traffic; $3 to $4 medium grade; $2 to $3 base grade; $2 or less apartment grade

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Compounds resistantDifficult to stainGreat for outdoor applications (pool, stadium) Substance resistant; most chemicals and bleaches won’t damage it at all Fade resistantLow static
Not a springy fiber; once crushed it does not regain its original shape easily
Like Comfort, protracted exposure to oil-based soils may become permanentDifficult to dye due to the low absorbency speed; nearly always alternative dyedSynthetic, so it off-gases.
Cost: About $2.25 to $6.50 per square foot, installed


Very resistant to bleaching, fading and soil-dye reactionsResistant to water-based stainsDisadvantages
Tough to dye; normally need to be alternative dyed, which restricts the varietyNot resistant to fatty stainsCan mat down fast and Won’t come back the manner nylon doesSynthetic, so it off-gases
Cost: Around $2 to $7 per square foot mounted

ON Design Architects


Can Resist high traffic ; good for stairsGives your room a Fantastic natural look while incorporating textureBiodegradable and nontoxic
Uncomfortable against bare skinCan be pricey (but usually less so than wool)Susceptible to moisture damageCan be more difficult to clean
Cost: About $4 to $8.50 per square foot mounted

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Designer’s suggestion: I usually urge nylon and wool to my customers; both of those choices are going to perform well in most houses.

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My Houzz: Tudor Meets Contemporary

The architects at Orren Pickell Builders & Design produced a contemporary Tudor-style home in the suburbs of Chicago for homeowners Ian and Becca Coleman and their two young sons. Ian and Becca originally began conceptualizing this custom-built house from many magazine cutouts. The few wanted an Old World feel, along with the outside of the house was made to replicate the historic architectural design, but with milder detailing. Becca says,”One of our most important goals was to make the exterior appearance as though it had been here for hundreds of years. Hopefully we accomplished that!”

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here:
Ian and Becca Coleman, along with both sons Ryder and Casedy
Bannockburn, Illinois (suburb of Chicago)
Size: Two-story home with basement; 5 bedrooms, 6 baths
Architect: Orren Pickell Builders & Design
Designer: Lynn Hertl of LKH Style

Cynthia Lynn Photography

To keep with tradition, the inside of the home is a reflection of the exterior. Designer Lynn Hertl of LKH Design brought together shades of grey and metallic components.

Read photos of traditional-style houses

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The doors of the home open to an opulent staircase and foyer. Becca fell in love with a photo of a staircase in a magazine, also turned to the team at Design Stair to re-create the wrought-iron spindles she loved so much.

To the left of the staircase is Ian’s home office and to the right is a gallery leading to the kitchen and living area.

In addition to the grand staircase is a landing with two French doors that open to a little balcony. Natural light fills the foyer and enriches the broad plank hand-scraped walnut flooring.

Double chandeliers: Currey & Co..

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The foot of the staircase leads to the formal living and dining area. Still in the last stages of design, the two rooms will mostly be used for formal entertaining. An exposed texture was produced to maintain the flow of both rooms. Guests will be able to dine while using a very clear view of the fireplace next to the sofa. Soft draperies, manufactured from Missoni fabric, allow for natural light to enter the room.

Sofa: Custom made by LKH Design
Wallpaper: Stark
Dining Room Table: David Iatesta
Chairs: Roche Bobois
Console: Antique
Chandelier: David Iatesta

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Just on the opposite side of the butler’s pantry/bar is the kitchen. Becca states that the view from the kitchen to the formal dining area is one of her favorites as it generates fluid motion between the rooms while entertaining.

Ian and Becca also had a TV monitor installed in the kitchen to monitor their son while he naps.

Cabinets: Custom-built by Orren Pickell Designers & Builders
Countertops: Calcutta gold marble
Chairs: Custom made by LKH Design

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Around the corner from the kitchen sink would be the cabinet and Becca’s desk. She keeps the pantry products, such as sweet treats, arranged like a general store. Becca says,”Having a 2-year-old however, it doesn’t always stay like that!”

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Connected to the kitchen is the casual dining area with a kitchen table. The archways above the 2 rooms are adorned with exposed recovered wood.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Leading from the dining area is the butler’s pantry/bar that joins to the family room and kitchen. A door on both sides enables separation of the rooms, or a clear view to the kitchen.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Inspired by light, the kitchen table is a wonderful spot to enjoy a family meal. The table and chairs were chosen with the element of durability. With two young boys, picking furniture fit for everyday use was crucial.

Kitchen table: Roche Bobois
Chairs: Tolix classic chairs
Chandelier: Layla Grace

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The casual dining area area flows right into the living room. The exposed wooden archway makes a warm, inviting texture. A Hermès Avalon signature blanket curtains the back of the sofa.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The reclaimed wood in the kitchen area and archways can also be used on overhead beams from the living area. The built-in cabinets are made by Wood-Mode inside their Signature Series. The kid-friendly, comfortable sofa is by Edward Ferrell in Summer Hill fabric.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Light textured draperies permit for the flow of natural light to fill the room. Additionally, the picturesque windows overlook the house’s lush wooded landscape. The television has the option to tuck away from the custom-made cabinet.

Cocktail tables: Holly Hunt
Chairs: Hickory Chair
Window coverings: LKH Design

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The mudroom just behind the kitchen is another of Becca’s favorite rooms. The room offers ample storage room for the boys’ messy products. It also contributes to a room specifically designed for them: A playroom complete with cubby holes that produce great hiding spots.

The mudroom has been a design collaboration between Orren Pickell Designers & Builders and LKH Design. The cabinets and chairs are Brookhaven, and the cushions are made of old potato sacks.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The rear stairway leads up from the mudroom to a little reading room. Running the length of the staircase are four individual reading nooks. The windows offer lots of natural sunlight, creating a cozy place to unwind and read a book.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Casedy’s bedroom is the first area from the top of the staircase. Each the furniture in his area is from Bellini, such as a custom-made seat. Light colours allow for natural light to reflect round the room.

The boys’ rooms are connected by a bathroom.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Ryder’s room (which he chose) has lots of natural light that spills through an arched window, equipped with traditional shutters. Matching lovers from the boys’ rooms are from Matthews’ Fan Co..

Most of the rooms in the house face south, letting lots of light to flow in.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The kind of the master bedroom, on the opposite end of the second floor, keeps together with the standard sense.

Ian and Becca’s bed is located across from a traditional fireplace and a settee sits alongside the bed. Becca envisioned the settee and her designer custom built it for them.

Bed: Christian Liaigre
Settee: custom design by LKH Design, upholstered in Edelman leather

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The master bathroom is supplied with a traditional stand-alone air tub by Hydro Systems. The floor tile is made of Carrera marble. The veining of the marble helps add to the appearance and sturdiness of the stone, masking the ground’s inevitable wear and tear through time. A timeless Singer sewing rack sits across from the tub and family photographs adorn the wall.

Fixtures: Perrin & Rowe

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Orren Pickell Designers & Builders installed these custom-built his and hers sinks and cabinets, along with a shower with dual heads. The master bathroom connects to a dressing room and walk-in cupboard.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The cellar is home to a custom-made bar by Orren Pickell Designers & Builders. The bar countertop is crafted from aged oak wine barrels and trimmed out from antiqued copper. The fully equipped wet bar has a tap built in. A wine cellar sits to the left of the bar, and to the right is a media room and poker table. A ping-pong/pool dining table and classic arcade games help keep guests (and one day that the boys) entertained for hours.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

The cellar is also home to the kids’ craft room. It was specifically designed to sponsor all actions focused around cut, color and glue. Each the furniture in the area was chosen knowing it would endure some wear and tear through time. Becca has aims to one day turn it into her own craft area. The area is conveniently outfitted with a sink to help clean up any artistic or creative messes. Across from the craft area is a home fitness center and an extra playroom for the boys.

Cynthia Lynn Photography

A sunroom that can be used year-round sits just off the family room and kitchen. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow sun to fill the room. A wood-burning fireplace and TV also result in a comfy place to see a movie.

Patio furniture: Janus et Cie

Cynthia Lynn Photography

Ian and Becca recently finished building on a custom-built wood-burning oven. The oven sits in the yard, across from the pergola (soon to be trimmed with ivy) and next to the in-ground swimming pool.

The team at Mariani Landscape designed and built the oven.

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How to Light Your House Right

Instead of feeling dull in the dark days of winter, feel bright and cheery in a house with the correct lighting. Today, the alternatives for lighting seem endless, which may produce the pursuit feel overwhelming. However, if you break it down into the three general kinds of lighting — ambient, task and accent — the options become more identifiable, and you will feel more confident when determining how to light your interiors. Even in the event that you can’t mess with the electrical construction of your house, the addition of a desk lamp here or there frequently can make all of the difference. To get a tiny visual caution, see how other Houzzers have mastered their lighting.

Pedini Kitchens


Because so many distinct activities happen in the kitchen, from collecting softly to preparing meals, this space is one of the most important places to light properly. In this kitchen, notice how ambient light is supplied through recessed lighting in the ceiling, while added task lighting is set up above the island and beneath the cabinets for chopping or reading a cookbook. The accession of task lights greatly increases the functionality of this kitchen; ambient light is normally rarely enough.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..


Don’t forget to supplement the dining table using its own task lighting: your loved ones and your guests do not need to squint at their plates. Install lighting with dimmers so you can set the mood depending on the occasion.

Isabel Beattie @ K Cabinets Oakville


Create the illusion of visual height with the addition of lighting to the top layer of cabinetry in your kitchen. It’ll make your room feel larger by guiding your attention upward and cutting out dark shadows that may otherwise focus near the ceiling.

Webber + Studio, Architects


Consider lighting open shelving. This is just another place where beams exist, and removing them with additional lighting instantly brightens your space. Plus, from a functional standpoint, whenever your shelves are stocked with items such as dishware you use everyday, it is much easier when you can definitely see their contents.

Dick Clark + Associates


The ideal way to ascertain the ideal lighting for a space is to think about all that will happen there. Most probably, a living or family room will be used for entertaining or relaxing. Ambient lights supply the soft glow perfect for dialogue with guests, but be sure to also flank your sofa with lamps to get ample light when studying. Have a beautiful piece of art on the wall? Showcase it using accent lighting.

Urrutia Design


If you have got fluorescent overhead lights you do not want to replace right now, yet they create your living space look like a chemistry laboratory, simply forget that they exist and use standing lamps for ambient lighting instead. Balance a number of across the roo and add smaller reading lamps for task lighting for sofas or chairs.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..


You might think the only action happening in the dining room is really a sit-down dinner, so task lighting above the table will be enough. However, even if you’re entertaining without an official dinner, guests might need to pass through the space during a gathering. Therefore, ambient lighting, such as sconces around the walls, is vital.

Philpotts Interiors


Make sure your bed is flanked with lighting. Put them on different controls in case your spouse wishes to turn in until you have completed your own chapter.

Ian Engberg


Since bedrooms are somewhat more of a private space and not the most conventional locations to get a cocktail party, you can refrain from using customary ambient lighting. In cases like this, accent lighting highlights the art on the wall, while task lighting provides reading light beneath the cabinets, giving the space a cozy, private glow.

Creative Spaciz / SPACIZ Design Studio


For all those tweezers, shavers and cosmetics appliers on the market, overhead lighting in the bathroom is simply insufficient. Prevent the unflattering shadows that they create by installing lights on both sides of your mirror.

Dwelling on Design, Deborah Derocher


Can there be anything better than a relaxing retreat with your favorite read after a long day? Not really, so ensure that your tub is prepared to accommodate you by accessorizing it with the appropriate task lighting. You do not need to overlook any words from your cherished gossip magazine.

Judith Balis Interiors


Bear in mind, lamps can be snuck in nearly everywhere with an outlet. If you feel your bathroom vanity may use a little additional glow, accessorize it with a table lamp. Keep it on during parties so guests may easily track down the bathroom.



Your entryway is probably the very first impression people experience of your house, so be sure it is appropriately lit. If you have high ceilings, such as this house, recessed lighting won’t be enough since the bulbs are nearly a story off. Include an additional light fixture such as a chandelier or pendant lights to further brighten the area.

Powell/Kleinschmidt, Inc..


Nobody likes making their way down a dim hallway, so be sure yours is nicely equipped with ambient light. If you have art on the walls, include accent lighting in the mix also.

Sutton Suzuki Architects


Steer clear of a devastating trip down the staircase by outfitting your staircase with task lighting, in addition to ambient light. Put both on different controllers. If you find yourself needing to go downstairs in the middle of the night, you are able to direct yourself with the glow of this task lighting.

Amoroso Design


Don’t overlook that built-in desk on your kitchen or bedroom: It requires task lighting as well. Insert a glowing lamp if you are not able to set up overhead lights.

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Styling Your Bedroom: The Corner Bed Floor Plan

Can a bedroom into your home feature window placements, architectural detail or size limitations that are creating the floor program hard? Consider the corner bed style, before you pull your hair out. When it’s getting the most out of floor space, raising functionality in a room or just balancing a general appearance, the corner bed may the answer you’re searching for. Have a look at the way the couple Houzzers created the corner bed look work.

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Anita Diaz for Far Above Rubies

The first possible positioning is pushing the head of the bed into the corner. Don’t think of this space between the corner and bed as lifeless room; use it for decorative accents or a functional addition. In this case, a plant adds texture and height to the space.

Lori Gilder

This bedroom created a functional space between the corner and bed with the addition of a table for lights or accessories.

Adeeni Design Group

A shelving system helps ground the bed in the space whilst giving trinkets and accessories a place.

Another option is pushing the top and side of the bed into the corner. If that really is the best possible design for you, turn it into a cozy refuge with the use of numerous pillows. A soft bed against chilly, hard walls can appear harsh, but disguising that transition pillows will make all of the difference.

Carla Aston | Interior Designer

Consider adding a headboard to each side that is against the wall. This will help the bed feel as if it’s in its own proper place in the room’s design when reaching the identical softness as pillows.


Or, keep things quite contemporary by keeping up a sleekness with your corner bed. This one is found in a studio apartment. It is so chic and clean, it could double as the couch during the daytime.

Tracery Interiors

Twin beds pushed into corners are perfect for children’ and guest rooms. In general, this design will maximize walking space between the beds, which makes it easier to maneuver throughout the room. In this picture, beds with tall articles enhance the height and include architectural dimension to the space.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

The smallest of spaces can seem luxurious for this floor plan. From contrasting colors to scrumptious linens to lacquered finishes, these built-in twin beds in the corners display an air of elegance. Can you believe this bedroom is actually found on a yacht?

Pure Design by Jerry Bussanmas

A corner bed can become quite handy when you want to maximize functionality in a room. Here, a corner bed allows another half of this room to be utilized as a workplace.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Studio apartments also profit from this floor plan. A bed in the corner will produce a different sleeping space separate from regular living, especially when it’s enclosed by a privacy curtain.

Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers

Wish to maximize sleeping space in a narrow area? Bunk beds in the corner is going to do just the trick.

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Perfectly Imperfect: Weathered Details to Your Home

Some explain this fashion as rustic-industrial others predict it dirty-chic. No matter what we end up calling it, 1 thing is clear: These chambers make the most of the ingrained attractiveness and charm of wear. Old items sing along into the anthem of sustainability with rusty boxes, antique wood and peeling seats.

You’ll be able to turn this seemingly vulnerable aesthetic into a chic fashion where the top of the worst is brought out, giving worn bits a reinvented dignity. Go on and reuse the older; let its imperfect beauty shine.

Marco Dellatorre

The wall treatment provides this distance a weathered charm which works nicely with the drama and elegance of this furniture.

Rupal Mamtani

Traces of the background of your home is a good way to add character. The industrial previous life of the building is evident in the fading paint on the windows.

The Basics in Steel of Thomas Ramey

This chocolate-brown table, with its imperfections exhibited, plays a key part in this orchestrated affair of red and brown.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

Here, a warehouse design is achieved with exposed beams and a rusty bathtub. I believe bits like this bath add a ton of character to a home.

Dreamy Whites

A weathered seat and vintage door combine for a display of this style.

Dreamy Whites

Two worn-out doors function as an imperfectly beautiful headboard.


This room features a ripped and scratched wall which has been abandoned in a state of disrepair, developing a faulty aesthetic that is surprisingly chic.

Becky Cunningham Home

Would you believe this was a mailbox? It was given new life as a box to show vintage finds. Rusty? Yes. Beautiful? Definitely!

Spinnaker Development

An old vanity has been abandoned “as is” to give this bathroom a true vintage feel. Everything is modern and new, which makes the vanity’s impact even more striking.

KuDa Photography

Antique timber has been used in the building of the modern-style bar. The uniquely colored rich wood may never be imitated, which is its main appeal.

Jensen Architects

This location, aptly named Scraphouse, features salvaged metal and old phonebooks as the main decorating components.

Envision living

Industrial and rustic, this distance needs no perfectly painted walls or muddy colour palette. Gray and purple are a match made in interior décor paradise because gray emboldens the vibrant shade. An unfinished background like this highlights the neat and compact design of the couch.

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Tricks and Treats for the Eye

While walking down a road in my Brooklyn neighborhood I’d a double-take once I saw this sign. At first glance, it seemed to be a metal sign. As soon as I got near enough, however, I found it was a trompe l’oeil sign — it was simply painted on an exterior wall of the shop to appear three-dimensional.

Trompe l’oeil is French for”fool the eye,” and there are some super entertaining examples of home decor that produce this optical illusion using realistic imagery. Here are a couple favorites.

Shanna Murray Illustrated Decals

Laurel Mirror Bundle – $50

Hands down, my favorite collection of wall decals is designed by Shanna Murray. I adore the wreath and ivy imagery in her designs. This wreath mirror kit comprises a round mirror and a wreath decal. It’s a sweet and whimsical drama on a mirror.

Brunschwig & Fils

Secret garden background

I fell in love with this background once I spotted it. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a sunny wall of a bedroom covered in this design? You would feel as if you’re sleeping in a secret English garden.

TIP: Consider positioning with a trompe l’oeil background similar to this design. For example, a wall with ivy peeking wouldn’t be found in a room. This pattern would function best on a wall with windows to make it appear more realistic.

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ABC Home & Carpet

Wood grain linen cushion by kevin o’brien – $120

Faux bois is a stylish pattern that is now a classic. There are so many decorative ways to bring the illusion of timber into the house. This pillow is a simply chic illustration of faux bois.

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ferm LIVING – WallStickers Timber – EUR 85

Here’s a contemporary spin on trompe l’oeil that is sure to be eye catching — a massive tree that looks like it is in the distance. Envision this decal.

TIP: Wall decals are a great, affordable solution for a space where you can’t wallpaper — or do not wish to bother with the job entailed. 1 big wall decal can be an instantaneous pick-me-up for a space. From the bedroom, the headboard is frequently a focal point. If you can’t afford the headboard of your dreams, consider a trompe l’oeil headboard wall decal that gives the illusion of a three dimensional bit — and seems equally as cool.

John Derian – 8″ X 10.5″ Rectangle Trays – $110

Many of the decoupaged trays by John Derian play around with trompe l’oeil, such as this one, which is apparently a stack of classic laptops.

Twelve South

BookBook Case – Twelve South – $99

I have this notebook case in red and get comments on it all the time. The case truly looks like a classic book and always fools people. The case retains my notebook protected and undercover when I bring it out — a functional spin on trompe l’oeil.

Deborah Bowness

Deborah Bowness – Books wallpaper

All the wallpapers by Deborah Bowness play the illusion of 3 dimensions. My favorite pattern is that the bookshelf. I love the appearance of books stacked up high on shelves. If we can background our space, I would choose this paper to go behind our enormous flatscreen television, so the large, black box of a TV wouldn’t stand out as much.

Urban Outfitters

Trompe L’Oeil Floor Mat – $50

Urban Outfitters frequently includes a collection of trompe l’oeil floor mats that are playful additions to a space. I love this painted floor rug. It’s especially fun used on a wood planked floor to further play the illusion.


ferm LIVING – WallStickers – Sewing Kit – EUR 38

This was too absurd not to share. These wall stickers from Ferm-Living can go anywhere and seem to be a sewing pattern that you want to cut out. You can be creative with positioning — believe around trash cans, either a window or your media unit.

John Derian Company

Mirror button – $12

This decoupaged pocket mirror by John Derian performs on a few optical illusions. The eye and round shape of the mirror make it look like the eye is peering through a porthole. The design is on the back of a mirror, which performs the concept of looking at oneself in a mirror.

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