Month: July 2019

Color Breezes Into Cottage Style

Color Breezes Into Cottage Style

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The last time I wrote a bit on cabin style, I emphasized the importance of maintaining the colours light and airy in order to stay true to the aesthetic. And while that information still holds, sometimes it isn’t practical in real life. By way of instance, a friend who describes herself as a cabin girl […]

Design Gets Modern Twists

Design Gets Modern Twists

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Born from the classical types of early times, neoclassical style had tasteful lines that offered a controlled alternative to the floral opulence of rococo in the late 1700s. It’s a popular again now. Replicating the look entails gilded mirrors, elaborate chandeliers and gold leaf frames, with classic sculpted accessories scattered throughout. The colour palette is […]

Guest Picks: A Gender-Neutral Nursery

Guest Picks: A Gender-Neutral Nursery

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My husband and I are expecting our third child this spring and have chosen not to discover the gender. Ever since I revealed our decision, I have gotten so many emails asking how I would decorate a nursery without knowing whether the infant is a boy or a woman. I have compiled a choice of […]

7 Unstuffy Ways With a Formal Dining Place

7 Unstuffy Ways With a Formal Dining Place

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Whatever happened to dining places? A generation or two ago, it appeared, no well-outfitted home was complete without a table and chair package plus a coordinating china hutch or sideboard. Then came the rise of cottage style and chic, as well as a fresh appreciation for the approach to decor. Dining places obtained an undeserved […]

An Historical Eichler Home Expands

An Historical Eichler Home Expands

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The proprietors of this Palo Alto, California, home have always been quite enthused about their house, a midcentury tract home built by visionary developer-builder Joe Eichler. Nevertheless, they needed more room for hanging out as a family. Enter John Klopf, an architect experienced in working together with Eichler houses, who aided his customers expand their […]

Talk: Design Courses From 9 Stunning Kitchens

I don’t know about you, but I can never appear to get my load of kitchen remodeling ideas. I was excited when I came across the rooms designed by Fivecat Studio, a four-person architecture company based in Pleasantville, New York. Each of the firm’s projects is a close collaboration between partner Mark LePage, his spouse, […]

A Summer Beach House Charms and Welcomes

A Summer Beach House Charms and Welcomes

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Though its location on the tip of Cape Cod can’t be beat, this 1870s beach house was initially a crumbling 1,200-square-foot area with cupboard closets, tiny bedrooms and no fireplace. Kathy Cote and Kim Cromwell were intent on transforming it into a summer house suited to entertaining, and with the help of Peter McDonald Architect […]