Customize Your House Command Center

Make organizing your family’s schedule simpler with a home control centre in the middle of this action. This really isn’t the home office — it’s in an open region of the home where all essential purposes of running a home occur: organizing email, invoices, keeping everyone up to date with calendars and schedules, messages, meal planning and other things and information your family shares. Take a peek at common features of a command centre and see how you can make it easy — even fun — to keep an eye on your family’s busy schedule.

When designing your household command centre:

Find the right spot. The very best place for the control centre is a high-traffic place where family members have access on a daily basis. A spot by the family’s hottest entrance door is perfect.

Determine what features you actually need. Sometimes all you need is a pc if everybody in your home is familiar with it.

Consider the look you want. Consider mixing storage designs, like using closed and open shelving, working together with the kind of your current cabinetry for a seamless appearance, or putting everything on the wall to save floorspace.

Read on for 13 useful features to consider. Which ones are right for your family?

Browse photos of household drop zones

Gast Architects

1. Calendar. In cases like this, the calendar is a chalkboard with space for notes to family members and magnetic letters for delegation of actions.

Rob Kane – Kitchen Interiors Inc..

2. Computer. Move the high-tech route if there’s space in your control centre. And if the sight of a cluttered computer channel bothers you, a concealed storage cupboard like this will help.

Andrea J. Little Design

3. Message board. Here, a chalkboard is at a high-traffic area of the home so family members may leave notes and keep everybody up to date.

4. Wall panels. Magnetic message boards, wire cups and baskets turn into a wall into a control centre.

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5. Wall pockets. Wooden boxes are fantastic for coupons and mail.


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6. Key holder. You’ll need a place to stash the keys, whether it’s a small dish on the counter or a dual-function device like this.

Andre Rothblatt Architecture

7. Cubbies. This compact control centre makes smart use of a small market.

Rauser Design

8. Clock. A timepiece is almost always a good thing to get in the kitchen for the morning rush and when cooking. Here, a classic clock unit hangs in this farmhouse-style kitchen beside a compact control centre.

9. Desk. A counter top and place to sit a control centre into a place to get actual work done.This is a superb use of space inside this dining room location. The cabinetry provides contrast to the control centre.

Peregrine Design Build

10. Bulletin board. Here is another mudroom remodeling job that produces household organization a priority. This spot is perfectly situated for a fast test on important tasks before heading out the door.

Artisan Kitchens Inc..

11. Charging station. The key to this perfect charging station is easy accessibility a place to hide clutter. A cupboard such as this with open cubbies and drawers beneath is a fantastic installation.

Becker Architects Limited

12. Display space. This spacious control centre in the mudroom area is large enough to display family photographs and a full bulletin board for submitting letters, notes and invoices.

Sarah Susanka, FAIA

13. Hooks. This spot has enough space for everything a family on the go needs, such as hooks for jackets and bowls for the dog.

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8 Fantasy Dining Room Designs

For the previous 11 years, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) has set on Dining By Design events nationally. These events are full of eye candy — designers pull out all the stops to showcase amazing, one-of-a-kind themed tabletops for just two nights. The 2011 San Francisco occasion was no exception. While some tables captured the eye of the vivid colour palettes, others stunned using their intricate customized products. Have a peek at a few of our favorite tables, and get motivated for your own holiday tablescape.

DIFFA donated all profits from the event into the UCSF Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital. Pictures by Gabriel TothFejel

Gabriel TothFejel

Designer: Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Shades of Green has been one of the only landscape architects at this year’s event, also lived up to the honour by producing a mythical jungle of draping vines, lush leaves and faux chrysalises at the table. The”Terra” table looks almost like it popped out of a fairy tale — due in good part to the throne-like seats. These unique seats are each made from one piece of wood, bringing this table into an entirely new level.

Gabriel TothFejel

Various kinds of ground cover provided from Wheeler Zamaroni were put at a shallow tray below the table. The table itself was covered with artificial turf and accented with numerous succulents. The bowls, glasses and silverware are by Diane von Furstenburg for Bloomingdale’s, and the plates and platters are from Heath Ceramics.

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Gabriel TothFejel

Designer and sponsor: Kravet

Francois Simard, Kravet corporate image designer, utilized contrasting tones of purple and green Kravet fabric in this colorful and cozy booth to create a vibrant and eclectic looking table. The table was made to create a more intimate lounge-like dining space. Despite the brilliant color palette, mild was the main inspiration in this design — the table has numerous holes cut into it so that light could filter through the imperial purple carpeting.

Gabriel TothFejel

The candles on the custom made table are from Restoration Hardware and the plates at each setting are from Crate & Barrel. Each one of the tabletop items were designed to fit snugly into the table’s holes.

Gabriel TothFejel

Sponsor: San Francisco Design Center
Designer: Gary Hutton

Hutton’s design relies on a”Crystal Pavilion” notion. Hutton and his group built the outside frame and covered it with sheer white cloth, which grabs the LED lights onto the floor. Hutton decided to utilize all white or clear materials so that these shifting lights would be reflected through the entire space. The unique chandelier is from Louis Poulsen and the white seats are from DZINE.

Gabriel TothFejel

Hutton picked his crystal motif based on the belief that quartz crystals have good energy and healing abilities, which are very related to the Positive Health Project. Hutton found these unique quartz shapes at Sloan Miyasato and Kirby Seid. The place settings were supplied by Gump’s.

Gabriel TothFejel

Designer: Chanda Seymour Mattson

Mattson designed three distinct tables for three eras: the 1950s, the 1980s and 2011. Mattson dedicated all of the tables into an Elizabeth Taylor motif. This table represented the 1950s — when Father of the Bride with Elizabeth Taylor was released, and she was a newlywed with Conrad Hilton. Mattson established the table on both of these weddings, then added the remainder of Taylor’s husbands names to the table settings for bit of fun. Bamboo seats from Chiavari were accented with lavish purple cushions, and a traditionally styled chandelier from Gregorious | Pineo casts a soft light over the scene.

Gabriel TothFejel

The dishware and linens with this table setting are exquisite antique finds. Mattson accented the table with all flower arrangements from Kate Siegel Fine Events and topiaries from Hinc. Cakes from Elegant Cheese Cakes supplied a great final touch.

Gabriel TothFejel

This table is Mattson’s 2011 table. Considering that the Hollywood Regency style is famous for its glamour and glitz — the epitome of Taylor’s daring style — Mattson gave this table a contemporary twist. Clear glass candlesticks and lavish blue seats were located at a local consignment shop. The placemat and napkin cloth is from Robert Allen, and all of the flatware and china are from Bloomingdale’s.

Gabriel TothFejel

Sponsor: California Home + Design and 7×7 Magazine
Designer: Room Service

The designers at Room Service created a Garden of Eden themed table, with show-stopping derriere-shaped chairs molded into male and female types to represent Adam and Eve, and bowls filled with with green apples. The custom acrylic tables were filled with flowers and succulents, and artificial grass was put underfoot to allude to the Garden of Eden.

Sponsor: Climb Real Estate
Designer: Applegate Tran

Designers Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran combined contrasting looks and styles in a pleasantly laid back, California-chic table. A picture black and white abstract mural dominates one wall, whereas the place settings and rattan seats from Coup D’ Etat are a bit more subtle.

Gabriel TothFejel

Rather than a daring light fixture, Applegate Tran installed a gorgeous custom floral arrangement, designed by a group member. This intricate design hangs delicately over the table, providing pops of cheerful yellow into the setting.

Gabriel TothFejel

Designer: Aaron Silverstein

Silverstein’s table was motivated by the craftspeople of the hometown in Marin County in the 1970s. Though he was not a fan of this appearance when he was younger, he fell in love with all the design of these crafts and ideas later in life.

The table consists of reclaimed Indonesian teak beams, and the base is molded from blackened steel. The seats can also be framed in blackened steel and woven with sea grass. Silverstein made the lamp colors from Nomex — a fireproof paper used to line firefighters’ suits.

Gabriel TothFejel

Silverstein’s colour and material palette has been inspired by natural materials. Silverstein made everything about this table but for the abalone shells (that he polished into a sparkling pearled hue) and the napkins. The cups and plates are ceramic and the flatware is made from cut, forged and polished stainless steel.

Gabriel TothFejel

Designer: LabExperiment and Aldea Home

This playhouse diner was one of the very lively designs at this year’s event. A thick cardboard outside was created in a fashion much like youth playhouses made from cardboard boxes. Doodles decorate the sides, while the white and black palette leaves a little room for imagination.

Gabriel TothFejel

The interior of the playhouse is decidedly grown up. Textiles, products and wallpaper were supplied by Aldea Home. Quirky creature masks at each place setting invited diners to open for their inner child.

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Decorate With Autumn's Best

Cool, crisp air and turning leaves signal it is time to go outdoors to collect Mother Nature’s bountiful harvest. This harvest not only returns the ingredients to some of our favorite comfort foods, it supplies the warm accent colours that evoke comfy feelings while indoors.

Natural fibers also encourage nesting instincts when days and nights are spent nearer to home. Wool blanket and rugs fit the bill when the room has a chill. Here are a few of autumn’s best spaces which make you want to sip apple, take long walks, pick apples, and revel in some of your favorite pastimes.

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Case Design/Remodeling, Inc..

No time to get an elaborate display? Decorate in threes by simply including a trio of gourds to your existing decor. They alone are literal symbols that fall is here.

Add a thin coat of petroleum jelly and cayenne pepper to keep them from turning into a dinner for little critters.

Bosworth Hoedemaker

Use delicious apples to add a second layer of rich reddish color on your area. They’re also a wholesome snack within reach if you would like to keep the winter weight gain.

Charlie & Co.. Design, Ltd

Collect apples to make a minimum centerpiece to usher fall into a modern space. The windows that are exposed also invite the turning leaves to serve as the room’s colorful background.

Bosworth Hoedemaker

If summer got away from you, then fall supplies you with a last chance to dine alfresco. Spark a warm fire or set the air together with the closeness of candlelight.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

If you previously integrate natural elements into your home’s décor, then you’re ahead of the fall-decorating fashion. The driftwood mirror says welcome.

Mahoney Architects & Interiors

Rather than running out to the gentleman, place corn stalks along with other amber waves of grain in vases to get a fast low-cost arrangement.

Michelle Fries, BeDe Design, LLC

Wool blankets make naps on the porch an idyllic luxury which lasts long after summer is over.

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The Home that Launched Naked Decor

Meet Supon Phornirunlit, a designer who gave up his award-winning graphic design company to take some time off, travel and revel in life. In reprioritizing the function work played in his lifetime, he realized,”If you like what you do, then it is not work” In focusing on his immediate environment, a home in the Kalorama (Embassy Row) area in Washington, D.C., and his enthusiasm for keeping things clean and simple whilst injecting his sense of comedy, he inadvertently established a new company, Naked Decor.

Phornirunlit’s love for pop up art, smart hotel design, creatures and laughs makes his home a stylish, contemporary nest with delightful surprises around every corner. His line of pop-inspired accessories has been embraced by press and designers alike. He brings the joyful into the house, which makes it easy for anybody to switch up stalls along with other accessories to completely alter a room’s appearance. Let’s take a look at how his enthusiasm for decorating his house helped him create work that does not feel like work.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

Here’s Phornirunlit and two of his puppies, Toto and Taylor. He’s had around four pets at a time, and you’ll quickly see how much they influence his job.

at a Glance:

Who lives here?
Supon Phornirunlit plus a menagerie of beloved pets

Design and location: Postmodern home built in 1963 from the Kalorama area of Washington, D.C.; it’s never undergone a major architectural renovation.

Size: 3 stories, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

This is the room that started Phornirunlit’s most up-to-date company, Naked Decor. He entered a picture of his living room in a magazine competition and won. Shortly afterwards, there was high demand for your”Live Like a Queen” pillows he’d left for himself. He began to fill orders for them, and Naked Decor was first born.

“I loved the draping in a boutique resort in which I stayed in Miami,” he says. This motivated the 20-foot-long wall of curtains across either side of the room and its expansive windows.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

Phornirunlit enjoys to utilize props and change them out for various appearances (play”spot the difference” on this image and also the one above to see how he does so ). “Real men aren’t afraid of pink!” He says. He found these larger-than-life poodles in Mexico and had quite a time in habits convincing officials to not cut open. “They had been packed in boxes with their heads sticking out!” he laughs. Luckily, they made it across the edge intact.

The sofas and chairs are from Crate and Barrel, and the tripod lamp together with the faux-feathered color is out of Thailand. The dog-related pillows and trays in this image are Naked Decor.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

“I like to make unique sections in a huge room like this one,” Phornirunlit says. “I never need a seating to force folks to arrange themselves as they’re all sitting around a campfire.”

He likes oversize pieces that produce a big visual effect — for example, the big, striped ottoman in this room.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

Now that Phornirunlit runs his business out of his house, living room also serves as a reception area and conference room. This adjoining room, connected through French doors, serves as his office. Besides the easy flow from one space to the other, this lets in the natural light from the living room.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

This darker, first-floor sitting room has more of a personal, man-cave vibe. Phornirunlit calls it”a pop take on rustic” The room was motivated by swimming, which also motivated his Oh Deer pillow found on the sofa. “No animals were harmed in decorating this space,” he says. The decorations are cast in resin, and the carpet’s zebra pattern is painted on.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

The other end of the room contains this dining area. “I needed to do something fun at full-dog dimensions,” says Phornirunlit. Therefore, the Happy Hot Dog Screen Tray was created to present atop a tablescape. He bought the George Rodrigue blue dog painting more than 15 years ago, before the artist’s popularity exploded.

During celebrations, the curtains and doors between the sitting room and the deck have been opened , allowing for free flow between inside and outside.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

What is behind most of those curtains in the sitting room? An incredible, 8-inch-deep reflecting pool, motivated by one he had seen in a hotel lobby in Thailand. “This was once a simple 800-square-foot deck, with 200 to 300 potted plants onto it,” Phornirunlit explains. “I realized it took approximately two hours a day to be certain they were watered and decided to make a change.”

The reflecting pool is surrounded by a delightful mixture of repeated elements such as inexpensive chairs from IKEA adorned with Warhol-esque Chairman Mao pillows, elephant-shaped umbrella racks, $10 umbrellas from Pier 1, plus a Buddha figure from Thailand. The crystal lights are solar.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

The kitchen renovation is Phornirunlit’s most up-to-date project. “This 7-foot-high subway sign from Restoration Hardware has been my inspiration,” he says. What followed were black granite counters and mini glass subway tiles, which take on just a touch of green.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

The kitchen recovery was motivated by a lack of storage. As opposed to opening it up to the adjoining sitting room, he used the wall for cabinets and maintained things bright by using lots of white, reflective surfaces such as glass tiles, stainless steel appliances and lots of lighting options. Notice the lights inside the cabinets.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

Clear glass cabinet doors gave Phornirunlit an opportunity to infuse color and playfulness into the kitchen through his tiki mug and martini shaker collections. The kitchen also allowed him to utilize stitches leftover from a customer’s project, an example of his balance of practicality and whimsy.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

The original laundry room”was a wreck, and that I needed additional storage for the home,” Phornirunlit says. Cabinets fill the 84-square-foot space. After picking the red front-loading washer and dryer, he realized using black granite flooring was a fantastic way to supply punctuating contrast.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

“Every room in the home has its own personality,” Phornirunlit says. This guest room has Thai accents, like the temple doors with hand-painted Buddhas and also the intricate quilt on the bed. Throughout the House, he ties everything together with contemporary pieces, such as the Puzzle Chairs from David Kawecki and the Knoll Toothpick Table. The rug was a 10 score from Urban Outfitters.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

Next to the Buddha guest space is the room that Phornirunlit dubs”The Addams Family Black and White Room.” He painted all of the organic wood furniture white and black and inserted the silver chrome hardware to the dresser. Black trim adds sharp borders and emphasizes straight lines.

The rug is assembled using FLOR tiles. “I enjoy FLOR. You can produce a rug as big as the space, and with around four animals around, I will cut and replace one piece of it whenever necessary,” Phornirunlit says.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

When Phornirunlit realized that the tiles he enjoyed at Home Depot Expo were half off, he remodeled all of his bathrooms at once, giving each one a different feel through the colours he chose.

This bathroom is adjacent into the darkened bedroom, which motivated its own glam and minimal palette. As much pleasure as Phornirunlit likes to possess with décor, he retains resale in mind to ensure major renovations won’t be needed if he wants to sell the home.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

All these hornlike sconces from Philippe Starck were in the home if Phornirunlit moved in. “The wall looks like a smiley face, together with the bird serving as the red lipstick,” he says. When you look closely, you’ll realize that the wall on the right is coated in the same tile in white. The skylight in the ceiling of the third-floor bedroom bathes the room in natural light, which can be reflected by the tiles.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

The drama of high hotel design influenced Phornirunlit inside this bathroom, in which he covered the whole wall in the identical blue tile.

Supon Phornirunlit / Nude Decor

The pop appeal from the master bedroom has been punched up from the Campbell’s soup renderings, done by Andy Warhol’s former assistant, Steve Kaufman. Again, FLOR tiles extend the rug to the size of the space and may be replaced when stained.

Have you guessed why he called his company Naked Decor? Beyond believing that sex sells, Phornirunlit explains”when you move into your house, it is naked and bare” His accessories dress the house, transforming furnishings into fun outfits for rooms.

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Regional Modern: Boston

My collection of ideabooks focused on regional differences in modern and modern residential architecture continues with Boston, Mass.. One of the earliest cities in the United States, Boston has become known for its leading universities (Harvard and MIT, to name two), its biotech and medical centers, and of course its sports teams. It is apparent from the sampling below that houses calling the largest city in New England home cover a far larger area than the distinctive urban core and adjacent suburbs. Nevertheless, these houses illustrate something unique about this darkened corner of the U.S.

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Hammer Architects

Cape Cod is to Boston as Long Island is to New York City: a method to leave town and get in touch with nature, especially the Atlantic Ocean. Houses on Cape Cod reflect the high property values of the peninsula, as well as a respect for the place. This house in Truro blends into its context via timber cladding and a generous trellis.

Cape Cod style across America

Hammer Architects

Hammer Architects is obviously taking the cold winters into account in their addition by minimizing the size of openings on certain exposures. In an environment of natural beauty and intense cold, houses must balance the desire for the two views and warmth.

Hammer Architects

Another residential addition on Cape Cod (Wellfleet) by Hammer Architects exemplifies these two considerations: a few predominantly solid exterior walls give way…

Hammer Architects

… to expansive glass along with a screened-in porch that takes advantage of opinions along with the generous outdoor area. The house also includes an indoor lap pool with sliding walls that open into the outdoors; Cape Cod is a park of sorts, after all.

Hammer Architects

Another Wellfleet house by Hammer Architects reveals a rustic flair at the weathered wood siding on those predominantly solid walls. Generous glazing on the other side of the house opens into a massive deck.

Maryann Thompson Architects

Martha’s Vineyard, an island south and west of Cape Cod, is yet another popular draw for New Englanders. This house by Maryann Thompson Architects also utilizes timber cladding and sliding walls to link inside and outside in warm weather. A great indoor-outdoor fireplace (observable in the middle of the photograph ) extends the use of this patio into the cooler months.

Maryann Thompson Architects

Moving nearer to Boston (Westport, to be precise) to a different house by Maryann Thompson Architects, we can observe how the design responds to the site, a meadow. Enormous glass walls bring in plenty of sunlight, but sunlight is reduced via large overhangs. Ringed by a porch, the house appears to be elevated on a plinth, as though it floats on the meadow.

Maryann Thompson Architects

By separating the interior spaces, breezes are allowed to funnel throughout the house.

Maryann Thompson Architects

And now we see how the generous porch is echoed at the roof, making sheltered outdoor spaces.

Hammer Architects

Arlington, northwest of Boston, is the place for another improvement by Hammer Architects. A neighboring house appears in the distance, meaning privacy is also an issue with the positioning and size of windows. The timber cladding works well alongside the brick first; it’s not only for Cape Cod.

Marcus Gleysteen Architects

This house is located at Lincoln, west of Boston. The landscaped grounds are stunning and well-framed by floor-to-ceiling windows that alternative with white brick cladding.

Chang + Sylligardos Architects

Also west of Boston is Newton, in which the past couple of houses in this collection are located. This impressively large and intricate house selectively locates and sizes that the windows, addressing both climate and privacy. The cantilevered top floor on the right is clad in timber, a recurring element in the area.

Chang + Sylligardos Architects

This smaller residence from the same architects is also covered in timber, however, the two volumes are treated distinctively: the grey box uses horizontal planks; the elevated red box is coated with vertical siding.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Last, this house brings to the fore the history found in the Boston region: the wood-clad exterior that informs many of the prior designs. Here, an addition opts for comparison, with metal rather than wood and massive expanses of glass.

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Screen Doors Bring a Breath of Fresh Air

For me, nothing says summer like a screen door’s sound. I grew up in the South, where they’re a beloved portion of houses both old and new. Not only do they let cooling breezes blow through and allow us to enjoy eight or nine months of warm weather, but they also keep out our notorious no-see-ums and other insects. Hearing a screen door wheeze open and bang shut instantly transports me to warm nights on the porch, watching the lightning bugs flicker amid the trees and looking for stars in the inky sky.

See if one of the display doors here will help you enjoy your own summer longer.

Crisp Architects

It will not get more classic than this. A display in the house’s front entrance telegraphs an instantaneous sense of coziness and welcome. Painting it black assists to place it off and create a focal point — notice how your eye travels straight to it. Yet that the color is neutral enough to not stop the gaze.

Austin Patterson Disston Architects

A newly installed display door will head its manners and swish shut with hardly a sound. But if, like me, you crave that touch slam, only loosen the screw on the nearer (the piston-style cylinder on top that regulates pressure) ever so slightly. There … that’s better.

The Lettered Cottage

Screens aren’t just for exterior doors use them inside to let air circulate throughout your house and infuse it with a dab of cabin charm.

Nick Deaver Architect

Believe you can not use a screen door in a contemporary setting? You definitely can; it is all in the design. This one remains true to the graphic lines and industrial overtones of its setting.

Castle Homes

What a clever idea: a screen door that slides, barn design, rather than swinging out or in. This would work especially well in an area with a small footprint, even where an open doorway could cut into precious floor space.

Liz Williams Interiors

Can’t pick between display doors and French doors? Have both. Screens on these classic, elegant versions maintain the elegance of this space when connecting it with all the inviting outdoor area outside.

Blue Sky Building Company

Display doors may provide you a fantastic opportunity to add a little whimsy, particularly in a shore house, pool cabana or pond retreat. Cutouts create this one fun that is pure.

Chris Kauffman

Draw attention to a display door by painting it with a glowing colour that contrasts with the good doorway behind it. This pineapple and celery combo feels sharp and sprightly.

Rethink Design Studio

Screen Door Care and Maintenance

Dust and dirt build up in screens as time passes, so you will want to wash yours every so often. Scrub the screen gently with a soft brush to loosen debris and dirt, then use a handheld vacuum cleaner or attachment to siphon off it. Wipe the strong elements of the door with a cleanser appropriate to the surface (painted wood, metal etc.).

Lubricating. Oil that the hinges periodically with WD-40 or a different lubricant to keep them functioning smoothly — unless, of course, you prefer your doorway to creak and squeak.

Screens are prone to snags and tears, and they are able to come loose in their framing. You may be able to fix small holes yourself with a patch kit or other equipment from the local home center or hardware store, but significant damage requires professional assistance.

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Creating Nests in Unexpected Places

When you create nests in your house, they do not always have to be at a bedroom, either around a comfy couch or somewhere you would naturally flake out. The natural human instinct to carve nests into our environment extends to anyplace in your house. Take a look at these examples of how designers and homeowners are creating nests in unexpected spaces.

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Tracy Stone AIA

A toilet is the best space to create a nest. Sinking a bathtub into the ground instead of the normal raised height allows the occupant to soak safely enclosed and surrounded while maintaining a vista through the window and round the room.

Hufft Projects

This bath supplies a different kind of nest with large sides, three walls surrounding the space tightly and a gorgeous vista out floor-to-ceiling windows. The large tub sides allow the bather to feel enclosed and nested, while the vista allows her to feel like she is about the pinnacle of a hill.

Amy Renea

New homes do not typically have the same nooks and crannies that produce such ideal nests in houses. But, they often have slightly larger cutouts of spaces with lower ceiling heights. Small carved-out regions of space in contemporary homes are ideal opportunities for creating mini-rooms. This office space is surrounded on three sides, with a lower ceiling, even while maintaining a vista out the window an ideal nest!

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Hufft Projects

This house has a rectangular room with a lower ceiling. It’s the best size to place a dining table. See the vista out the window and round the area (one for each side of the desk) while the floating quarter wall makes a boundary to match the open side of the table.

Applegate Tran Interiors

Your furniture selection can help turn a large, lofty space into a cozy nest. The choice of a long, white curved sofa delineates the walkway out of the living room and leaves this little corner of the room feel cozy and safe.

Jane Kim Design

Kitchens are naturally cozy, warm family hubs so that it makes sense to provide them a nest sense to boost their coziness. The sloped ceiling gives this kitchen the sensation of intimacy and creates a vista across the room with all the angle of the slope. See more of the Tribeca loft

Mustard Seed Interiors

A sloped ceiling doesn’t have to be expansive and imposing. A small slope in an attic room creates the ideal nest for a guest double bed bed. A few personal details and also this nest actually feels like home.

Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

Fabric is another excellent way to define the bounds of a nest. By lowering the ceiling with a swoop of light fabric, the space feels cozy and intimate without feeling bloated in.

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Furniture placement can also make all of the difference in the way a room feels. In this kitchen, the majority of the appliances and cabinets are stationary and cannot be readily moved. But to create a nest-like environment, a simple metallic table is added to a side. The table offers additional counter and prep room, but also encloses the kitchen somewhat to create a nest-like space. The ceiling beam in this kitchen also helps delineate the kitchen from the rest of the house. This is a superb way to have a spacious living room without sacrificing nesting spaces.

Annette English

Today what type of nests will you produce in your house? Will you add a fabric canopy to your living room? Will you add string of outsized spindles to mimic a four-poster bed? Perhaps your change will be as straightforward as adding a desk to create a cozy, protected space bordered on three sides instead of two. If you’ve created nesting spaces in your house, please discuss a photograph below. I’d love to see it!

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Produce a Kitchen

Kitchens are generally the busiest rooms in the house. If your family includes children, you’re constantly keeping tabs on them when they’re studying or snacking and you’re cooking. A kid zone also yours, and may be a great solution for their needs. Below are some sensible design tips for producing a kid-friendly space in your kitchen.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

Kitchen islands may make great kid-friendly zones, since they tend to have at least one end that is not in your job zone, and they may be planned with your specific household’s needs in mind. I designed this kitchen for parents that home school their five children. The island is classroom central, and its own stools bleed under the overhangs when they’re not being used for studying or snacking.

JacksonBuilt Custom Homes

The back of the island leaves lots of room for elderly or taller children to pull up a counter stool and enjoy a healthier after-school bite. Counter-height seating won’t work well for smaller children who can’t — or should not — climb upward, or for wheelchair users.

I highly recommend having island seating or a kid zone where it won’t interfere with someone working in the range, wall ovens or primary kitchen sink.

Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs

Shallow base cabinets make it easy for your children to achieve their cups, glasses and plates without needing to climb on a countertop to get items from a wall cabinet, or interrupt your dinner homework.

Design Savvy

A microwave works well for a kid zone, as it’s in their reach. This means older children can help themselves to snacks and reheat meals. Obviously, you should always track children .

Putting a microwave in the close of the island retains the child out of your workflow, creating a safer kitchen environment for your young one.

Trish Namm, Allied ASID – Kent Kitchen Works

Granite counters (or mini fridges) can also be ideal for your kid-friendly kitchen zone. This means your youngster can help him or herself into a drink after school or play without opening the primary fridge. You could even store healthy snacks such as carrot sticks and have them on hand for your child.

Paul Anater

Corian is an perfect countertop surface for a kid-friendly kitchen zone. It is stain-resistant, thus a grape juice spill won’t destroy it. It’s also a softer landing place compared to gems for eyeglasses or plates. On top of that, it’s repairable — just in case.

Kathy Bate, ASID, CAPS

A Silestone countertop with its nonporous surface and Microban protection is another great kid-zone countertop.


NUTID Induction cooktop – $999

If your kid zone is adjacent to a cooktop, I recommend an induction model as the safest, most kid-friendly cooking source. Just the surface directly above and next to the kettle or pan will heat up, so burn dangers drop considerably.

Sub-Zero and Wolf

Wolf 30″ Warming Drawer

If you’re uncomfortable with your children operating a microwave oven, then you could consider a warming basket as a kid-zone alternative. It means you may continue to keep their food warm for when they come home from school or other actions. Warming drawers are best for households with conflicting schedules. Everyone gets a hot meal when they come home from work, school, soccer or drama club.

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Design School: Designing With Rectangles

So far this series, we have talked about embracing those curves and using repetition to create a statement. We’ve got rectangular shaping within our sights this week. Join us as we highlight a few attractively designed spaces that use squares and rectangles within their composition.

Divine Design+Build

Inside this area, the same long rectangular shape is replicated in the bathtub, carpeting, windows, towels and wall hangings. Employing the identical form in different sizes and shapes is cohesive but resists becoming matchy-matchy.

The Couture Rooms

Maintaining a rectangular shape does not need to mean repeating the exact same contour in a great number of places in your own room. In this instance, the architectural lines of the rectangular windows and floor planks are reinforced from the long window shade and square-back seats. Notice the way the seats are endorsed in a deep brownish tone to emphasize their contour.


This space also takes its inspiration in the window architecture. Notice the 3 different rectangular contours of the window panes. The large rectangle is mirrored in the large rectangular rug, while the smaller long rectangle is represented in the form of the coffee table. Even though details like these are not evident at first glance, they create a room seem put together and pleasing to the eye.

Ida Lifestyle

Here, there is a square silhouette the repeated element. The shape is reinforced without becoming gimmicky because it’s used in varying sizes and with varying materials. Notice the two crocheted bits on the seat have replicated square shapes in bright colours, but they’re styled differently.

This is actually the equivalent of dressing your loved ones for portraits in coordinating drapes rather than matching outfits. Jeans and white button-downs are out along with a thoughtful group of cohesive colours and contours is in!

Soledad Alzaga Interior Design

Another pleasing effect is to use one contour to direct the eye to a different similar form. In this picture, the rectangular table acts as a classic “T”, leading your eye straight towards the focal point of the fireplace. Both contours reflect the rectangular bump-out that accommodates the fireplace.

Hufft Projects

Here is an excellent example of rectangular repitition. Note the similar elongated rectangle of the countertops, cabinet drawers and mirrors. Even thought the mirror was placed vertically, the form and weight is still the same and matches the cabinetry flawlessly.

Habachy Designs

In this instance, the window form is augmented quite literally at the shaping of the mirror, sink and light.

Hufft Projects

Have you got intriguing rectangles or squares at the design of the area? Have you ever reinforced that contour to give your rooms goodwill? Try looking at your lighting fixtures, material choices and furniture pieces as chances to reflect and reinforce those rectangular shapings!

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Fabulous Furnishings: The Fantastic Chaise

To me, a chaise longue is just one of those unforgettable parts of furniture at a house. Unlike more formal seats, it educates you and your guests to sit and relax. A chaise has a unique style and can become the focus of any room. I had a sectional with a chaise on one conclusion. I separated the chaise and put it at an angle. It was amazing just how much more striking the room seemed, and the chaise became the favorite seat in the room. If you are thinking about incorporating a chaise to your house, maybe one of these pictures will inspire you.

In case you’ve got a seat or two at a end of a sofa, balance them with a chaise on the other side. Additionally, it can be a wonderful place to have a rest while doubling as seats for multiple people when entertaining.

Niche Interiors

The combination of seat, couch and chaise generates a fascinating and flexible furniture combination.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

In a very narrow room with a fireplace at the middle, re-imagine your furniture placement. Instead of creating one conversation area right around the fireplace, then make two separate conversation areas that can both appreciate a view of the warm flames. Utilize a backless chaise to specify the separation without blocking the view.

InterDesign Studio

Place a bookcase supporting a chaise to make a reading nook at an office or a basement. It is amazing how pairing a chaise with a backdrop of books and including a warm pillow or two can turn an empty corner into an inviting, vintage-inspired vignette.


Let your chaise be the star of this room by centering it in the center of an open-floor layout. Start looking for a chaise with character, such as this tufted one with detailed legs.

Emily Ruddo

It is also possible to go with a streamlined chaise that has contrasting piping (or welting). Since this one is backless, it is possible to sit on both sides, depending on where the dialogue is happening. In another space, the same chaise could be put against the wall. This creates a backless chaise a fantastic investment piece.

angela varela cunha

Create a focal corner in a huge room by placing a spoonful using its back against the wall in one of the corners, then including a shelf or big piece of art above to anchor it. Finish the corner with the addition of extra accessories or furniture at an L- or U-shaped arrangement. You will have two seats areas in 1 room.

Dana Wolter

I love this nontraditional way of chairs using chaises side by side. This is definitely a memorable room, and I bet it is so cozy in person. I can imagine relaxing in 1 chaise with a cup of java and saying,”Honey, will you hand me the Home section of this paper, please?”

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In a living room, look at placing two chaises in order that they face one another. You’re able to lie down to read a magazine when you’re alone, but still feel comfortable inviting firm to sit down because the spine provides the conventional support of a couch.

Do you have a chaise that you would like to turn into a focus? Reupholster it at a punchier color or print similar to this fabric by Thomas Paul.

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If, instead, you like dressing your upholstered pieces with different cushions and throws every season (or every time you feel as though you need a new color palette), go for a neutral chaise. Then you’re able to control how you style it.

Glenn Gissler Design

Naturally, for a defined modern look, add a Barcelona Daybed to your space. Check out Becky Harris’ Modern Icons: The Barcelona Couch idea book on this classic piece.

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