Whether by design or serendipity, many homeowners and apartment dwellers have unexpected elements in the kitchen. What to do? We say embrace them fully to create your own one of a kind looks. Add a sofa or chairs for a conversation area, a library ladder to reach a row of extra high cabinets or an elegant crystal chandelier. We love the unexpected in any room. In the kitchen, a surprising element can be fabulous.
Have a little extra space in your kitchen? Add chairs to create an inviting conversation area.
A sofa or love seat backed up to the kitchen island can be a clever use of space and soften the hard edges of appliances, cabinets and countertops.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a large kitchen with really tall cabinets along one wall, consider a sliding library ladder to make those “unreachable” cabinets more practical for everyday use.
Love exposed brick in your decor? A back splash of that great textual material may be just right for you.
This beautiful kitchen includes a work island that goes from rustic to elegant with a fine finish on a slice of reclaimed tree trunk with the bark still attached.
Backstairs become a focal point in this kitchen with the addition of lovely wrought iron.
This lofty living space includes a kitchen with its own built-in office above. Now that’s unexpected!
Lastly, here’s a kitchen with chef-worthy appliances and a glam look. Who knew crystal and velvet could look so good in the kitchen? We love it, don’t you?
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Love dark bedroom looks? Perhaps you’ll enjoy experimenting with a combination of dark and not so dark. Combining dark and light elements is a perfect way to balance masculine and feminine in a shared bedroom. Below you will find great ideas for dark and handsome bedrooms and not so dark color palettes you’ll also appreciate.
Actually, the handsome bedroom above recently featured in the post “Beyond Summer: Decorating with Awesome Indoor Plants” was the inspiration for today’s post about dark bedroom designs. We love everything about this space. Using dark walls and dark bedding meant taking a risk but it works beautifully, don’t you think?
This dark bedroom is anything but moody. The yellow accents are a lovely contrast to deep blue and gray.
White painted brick and almost black create a fabulous contrasting backdrop for this contemporary bedroom. Unexpected art makes a whimsical statement that hard to ignore.
White monogrammed lines are quiet stunning in this inviting bedroom. It shows off the beauty of light + dark.
Masculine and feminine do much more than co-exist in this “wood cabin” bedroom design.
Exposed brick and black paint play well together in this loft bedroom.
Mixing slightly glam and darkly handsome elements create a bedroom that’s just right for a shared bedroom.
It’s easy to fall for this painterly look. From curtain panels and pillows to a dipped black and natural wood stool and settee at the foot of the bed, there’s an irresistible paint-inspired look about this bedroom design. A dark and not so dark bedroom design at its best, wouldn’t you say?
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As summer comes to a close, it’s often hard to give up outdoor living and relaxing or entertaining surrounded by greenery and blooms. How about bringing some of those live plants inside? Today, for your inspiration here are some of our favorite ideas for decorating your interior spaces with potted plants. Did you notice that the plants above fit beautifully into the room’s color scheme?
Chic and sophisticated, the living room above features green plants on the industrial style coffee table. How about that eye-catching wall treatment?
Don’t have a green thumb? Cut leaves and bird of paradise stems are the focal point of this comfortable and inviting dining space.
Tall ceilings are just right for oversized plants and potted trees like fiddle leaf ferns or other large-leaf plants.
Plants on a smaller scale bring these elegant wall-mounted brass and wood shelves to life.
A collection of plants seems to thrive in the natural light that pours into this modern living room.
This dark and handsome bedroom with large windows offers the perfect spot for a lovely potted plant.
Plants with a tropical look bring the outdoors inside in the beautifully eclectic Bohemian living space.
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We think every home should have at least one comfortable spot for reading, but there’s no need to limit your options. From the foyer to the balcony or terrace, it’s easy to choose several spots that are just right for reading or relaxing. Below you will find ten favorites:
This cozy built-in nook near the front door features a deep cushion and toss pillows plus shelves to stash current favorite titles or an electronic reading device.
Like room to stretch out while you read? Here’s a comfy cozy spot created with wooden pallets.
A stylish built-in window seat may become your favorite place in the house to settle in with a good book. We love the pattern on the pillows and the serene color palette.
Here’s another beautiful built-in bench that is a clever use of space under a staircase.
This beautiful window seat at the top of the stairs has its own tiny library underneath.
A comfortable and well-loved leather chair and accent table look so inviting in the corner atop a fabulous handwoven rug.
Another window seat is long enough to comfortably accommodate more than one reader. Blue and brown play well together. There’s is also plenty of room for books underneath.
A tiny enclosed balcony includes it’s own comfortable reading nook that’s clever storage too. A table can be raised for studying or a snack.
A chaise lounge or settee is the quintessential spot for reading and relaxing. This one is gorgeous isn’t it?
With a warm and comfortable throw and an oversize lantern with candles at the ready, this fantastic balcony is all set for reading or relaxing in style.
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