Unexpected Elements in the Kitchen

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.

Kitchen Decor

Have a little extra space in your kitchen? Add chairs to create an inviting conversation area.

Kitchen Decor

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.

Kitchen Decor

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.

Kitchen Decor

Love exposed brick in your decor? A back splash of that great textual material may be just right for you.

Kitchen Decor

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.

Kitchen Decor

Backstairs become a focal point in this kitchen with the addition of lovely wrought iron.

Kitchen Decor

This lofty living space includes a kitchen with its own built-in office above. Now that’s unexpected!

Kitchen Decor

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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Handsome Bedroom Designs: Dark & Not So Dark

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.

Dark Bedroom

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?

Handsome Bedroom

This dark bedroom is anything but moody. The yellow accents are a lovely contrast to deep blue and gray.

Handsome Bedroom

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.

Handsome Bedroom

White monogrammed lines are quiet stunning in this inviting bedroom. It shows off the beauty of light + dark.

Handsome Bedroom

Masculine and feminine do much more than co-exist in this “wood cabin” bedroom design.

Handsome Bedroom

Exposed brick and black paint play well together in this loft bedroom.

Handsome Bedroom

Mixing slightly glam and darkly handsome elements create a bedroom that’s just right for a shared bedroom.

Handsome 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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Beyond Summer: Decorating with Awesome Indoor Plants

 Decorating with Plants

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?

Decorating with Plants

Chic and sophisticated, the living room above features green plants on the industrial style coffee table. How about that eye-catching wall treatment?

Decorating with Plants

Don’t have a green thumb? Cut leaves and bird of paradise stems are the focal point of this comfortable and inviting dining space.

Decorating with Plants

Tall ceilings are just right for oversized plants and potted trees like fiddle leaf ferns or other large-leaf plants.

Decorating with Plants

Plants on a smaller scale bring these elegant wall-mounted brass and wood shelves to life.

Decorating with Plants

A collection of plants seems to thrive in the natural light that pours into this modern living room.

Decorating with Plants

This dark and handsome bedroom with large windows offers the perfect spot for a lovely potted plant.

Decorating with Plants

Plants with a tropical look bring the outdoors inside in the beautifully eclectic Bohemian living space.

 

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10 Cozy Reading Nooks

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:

Reading Nook

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.

Reading Nook

Like room to stretch out while you read? Here’s a comfy cozy spot created with wooden pallets.

Reading Nook

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.

Reading Nook

Here’s another beautiful built-in bench that is a clever use of space under a staircase.

Reading Nook

This beautiful window seat at the top of the stairs has its own tiny library underneath.

Reading Nook

A comfortable and well-loved leather chair and accent table look so inviting in the corner atop a fabulous handwoven rug.

Reading Nook

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.

Reading Nook

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.

Reading Nook

A chaise lounge or settee is the quintessential spot for reading and relaxing. This one is gorgeous isn’t it?

Reading Nook

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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