Monday, November 21, 2011

Household Basic - Gallery 6

Made from super-soft, durable wool, braided rugs are reversible, stand up to a lot of wear, and evoke nostalgia for American country homes. To put a fresh spin on colonial classics, this circular rug is made from a bold blue. Make a low ceiling feel taller by painting it a sky blue.

A black-and-white faux bois treatment looks almost too pretty to walk on. The hand-painted pattern takes the traditional wood floors from standard to striking. A clear coat of varnish on the mahogany countertops produces a nautical look that wears well.

Black shutters and white trim are classic colonial touches, but the crisp black-and-white striped fabric and high-gloss red porch give this traditional porch in East Hampton, New York, a modern update.

Tartan in a palette of black, red, white, and turquoise and a touch of yellow inspired this coastal, East Hampton living room.

A traditional colonial living room in East Hampton, New York, gets a funky punch with bold print fabrics and a cartoon needlepoint pillow.

In this Manhattan Beach, California, kitchen, a skylight above the island brings sunshine into the center of the room. An all-white palette helps this open space feel especially breezy and coastal.

Clerestory windows usher in ocean breezes that provide all-natural air-conditioning, eliminating the need for an HVAC system in this Manhattan Beach, California, living room. An open floor plan encourages conversation and family time.

Shell prints in simple black frames give this bath extra personality. A marble countertop and antique wall sconces add old-world glamour to this small bath.

A combination of blues and whites, and coastal-inspired accessories give this living room its ocean-going vibe. Light wicker furniture and a soft blue wing chair balance a heavier wood.

There’s nothing wrong with classic color combinations, but an unlikely addition -- such as the orangey-coral in this dining area in Sag Harbor, New York -- amps up this palette. Cover walls with burlap to get warmth and texture for a lower price than grass cloth.

A bright coral door really pops against this shingled cottage’s exterior. Framed in white, with an antique-style lantern above, this coastal front door is a statement-maker.

An eco-friendly wall covering takes the place of a headboard and lends a dramatic feel to this Scottsdale, Arizona master bedroom. A vintage bench anchors the bed.

Wood tones are balanced with white exposed beams and a Silestone quartz countertop on the kitchen island. A mixture of recessed lighting and pendant lamps keeps this kitchen well lit and stylish.

Ebay and Craigslist finds populate this retro-inspired Scottsdale, Arizona living room. Warm browns and cool greens help this space feel like a relaxing place to lounge.

A neutral ivory backdrop makes this attic space seem much larger. Brown, green, and blue furnishings create a warm, handsome look. A mix of seating, including a pair of teak armchairs, a small pedestal table and chairs, and a decoupaged desk, gives this room plenty of space for hanging out or entertaining.

The claw-foot tub in this coastal Key West bath is the focal point of the room. A Cuban-style tile floor brings pattern and interest to the space and matches the bathroom’s pink walls.

A tropical aqua paint gave inexpensive wood cabinetry an appealing, authentic look in this Key West, Florida, kitchen. The counters are pine from a 1920s Palm Beach Hotel.

This informal dining space in Atlanta, Georgia feels light and fresh because of its crisp white walls, balanced with warm wooden accents. A woven pendant lamp and rustic dining table lend a casual feel to the Louis-style chairs upholstered in a rich chocolate velvet.

To bring excitement and color into her all-white living room, homeowner and designer Lee Kleinhelter painted her dining room chair frames a vibrant yellow and used the same saffron shade for window treatments. A round dining room table works best in a square room

A mirrored screen acts as a glamorous headboard, and unfinished wood draws attention to the cathedral ceiling. Accents in charcoal and black balance the all-white walls and bed linens.

Stainless steel appliances, oak cabinets, open shelves, and French limestone countertops give this coastal kitchen its finesse. A pair of butcher block-topped islands adds a prep area and defines the amorphous space, and casters at the bottom lend freewheeling flexibility to the room.  

In this coastal living room, attention to detail gives the mantelpiece and trim work big impact. Two shades of blue are layered for a washed look, and furniture is arranged to focus on this dramatic fireplace. 

Homeowners call this guest bedroom a "bed cabinet." The sliding barn doors add character to the small bedroom without taking up precious space.

The seaweed green mosaic tile in the master bathroom inspired the green accents in the master bedroom. 

A simple white, brown, and wheat palette adds texture and interest without distracting from the view of the gulf. Three sets of French doors framed with linen floor-to-ceiling drapes accentuate the high ceilings and beach. 

For a similar look, install inexpensive photo ledges where you can create interesting displays. Here, vintage mirrors and dishes lend the room a touch of granny chic. Also, save money by making -- not buying -- billowy fabric shades. They require minimal sewing skills, and the effect is ultra feminine. 

Clean slipcovers of washable denim make this coastal living room family-friendly and beach-view-friendly. 

With such a small space, sleek appliances and fiberboard cabinetry are essential to keeping this kitchen simple and chic. 

Built in shelves provide needed storage for this laundry room, while a farm sink, a one of a kind shell chandelier, and a rustic wood bureau punctuate this charming utilitarian space. 

A piece of salvaged crown molding serves as a shelf and holds a collection of sea coral above an understated metal bed. 

 In this master bedroom, a sculptural headboard takes center stage, with built-in bookshelves in the niche serving as bedside tables. Folding tables provide extra bedside storage.

Classic materials, from the nine-paned windows to the marble countertops and pendant light, yield a comfortably chic family kitchen. A pair of wine bottle lamps adds character on the countertops. 

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