Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:20:27 PM by Manya Matveev. Interior. Mirrors. Here's a look I recently enjoyed while visiting the Shangri‐La Hotel in Vancouver: mirrors layered over bathroom windows. It creates a resort feel but is practical and can be re‐created at home. Hanging a mirror in the window (either on a picture wire or by fixed metal supports) fills in the window enough to create a sense of privacy while still allowing light to filter in. For more privacy simply cover the exposed glass with translucent film.
Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:19:02 PM by Manya Matveev. Interior. Kick up the drama in a mostly white kitchen by adding small bits of a warm dark gray. Use the gray to highlight interesting architectural elements. Then make the look fun and fresh with an accent color in a leafy shade of green.
Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:20:05 PM by Manya Matveev. Dining Room. Go for the tried and true: a weathered wood table. A secondhand wood table with a farmhouse or industrial heritage has already passed the test of time. Any scratches and nicks in the tabletop surface have mellowed into design details becoming features to admire. If you accidentally add a few more to it it won't matter. For this reason these tables are great for families with children – you never have to worry about whether your brood is unwittingly or even intentionally marking the table. The damage if minor will only become part of the beauty of the piece. That said it's worth protecting your table with a hard wax polish which should be applied about twice a year.
Published at Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 16:34:32 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. I recommend that clients select appliances and sinks during the preliminary design phase which often comes before selecting the rest of the finishes and fixtures. This is so the plans can reflect the proper sizes which will in turn affect the cabinetry layout. Also I recommend picking the type and amount of lighting fixtures during this phase: cans semi‐flush mounts how many pendants over the island and so on in order to complete the lighting plans so the contractor to provide estimates. Most people haven't actually picked what style pendant light yet but at least the decision about number is done.
Published at Saturday, April 29th 2017, 22:49:02 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. White subway tile is ever popular but a style that has been gaining in popularity in recent years is to pair white subway tile with dark gray grout in a running‐brick pattern. The resulting look defines the outlines of each tile adding depth and interest to a space. The wider set the tiles are the more pronounced the outline effect becomes and the bolder the look.
Published at Friday, April 28th 2017, 19:18:44 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Suitable for "Octomom" this auxiliary kitchen is outfitted with hanging bars four laundry units a refrigerator and a sink. Mimicking the stainless steel kitchen appliances this washer‐dryer combo seamlessly blends with the overall design. Made for the productive American family this kitchen‐laundry‐mudroom combo is a jack of all trades.
Published at Thursday, April 27th 2017, 17:36:09 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Decorative tile in the kitchen is a great way to express your personality and style but proportion and scale are critical. Tile is a pretty permanent decision; once it's up it's expensive to change. You or your designer should do color studies and pattern studies and look at them alongside photos and samples to be absolutely sure you're making the right choices.
Published at Monday, April 24th 2017, 22:19:16 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Mellow yellow. If you're looking for a take on a French Normandy country home yellow might be your color. "This room was designed to emulate what a kitchen might look like in the countryside of France" says Jo Ann Alston principal at J. Stephens Interiors. "The mustard yellow is very indicative of a French color palette and the hand‐done plaster technique on the walls with the overglaze of a faux‐finish technique makes the walls look aged".
Published at Friday, April 21st 2017, 07:49:44 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Not your basic black. For some people black might seem to be as bold a choice as orange. But in a home with a limited color palette – black white blue and gray – it fits right in.
Published at Thursday, April 20th 2017, 03:48:42 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. The midtone cherry cabinets match the furnishings in the two rooms. The tile backsplash is custom‐cut slate in two different colors that match the original brick in the dining room fireplace. The end result is a kitchen that feels contemporary when someone is looking into the family room and traditional when looking into the dining area.