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.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

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.


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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.

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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.

Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25

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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Design Tastemaker: Daniel Schofield

While his appearance is definitively modern, Daniel Schofield’s design aesthetic echoes the mantra of those designers of yesteryear: above all else, quality over quantity. Schofield is a part of a growing movement of furniture designers and manufacturers, and his job highlights function, eco-friendliness, and playfulness.

Based in the uk, Schofield has begun to get attention in books worldwide. It’s easy to see why: His products have an almost childlike quality, but are made with a focus on detail and design that will endure for ages.

Daniel Schofield Design


Schofield loves to add elements of secrecy in his job, along with his Shifty desk is no exception. At first, you would assume the desk’s storage unit is located on front. Rather, the desk is designed so the storage area seems when you pull out the work surface, revealing a perfect place to store newspapers and other essentials.

Q: How did you begin in product design?
A:I began in graphic design, but I realized it was not hands-on enough for me personally. From there, I moved on to work as a magician, but this did not feel creative enough. Eventually, a friend mentioned that I’d enjoy furniture layout, and it only seemed to click directly away. I love designing merchandise and I’ve never return.

Q: What sort of changes do you see occurring in product design today?
A: I believe people have started to lean towards using more small materials, and need to know more about where the materials have come out of. People are becoming more conscious about their environmental effect, so for someone to purchase a product it has to have more of a goal and longevity.

Daniel Schofield Design


Peggy is a hook which will double duty. This quirky contraption is a clever means to hide clutter and hang up your coats. Add colour to your entryway with these vibrant hooks, and then nestle your keys, phone, wallet, and other knickknacks into the soft lamp-shaped pouches.

Q: Exactly what are you attempting to say with your own designs?
A: I suppose I am attempting to make functional products that are fun, and just nice to have around. I try to give my layouts character and character, whether that means giving it a secret, like Shifty, or trying to bring some humor to it, just like with Our Kid.

Q: How has your work evolved since you started?
A: I believe I’ve just discovered more about my own style of designing since I started. I don’t believe you ever stop learning, so I should be evolving. I just have to continue pushing myself to learn more.

Daniel Schofield Design

Our Kid

Our Kid was created with quality and durability in mind. Schofield wants to make furniture which hails back to the days when bits were intended to be passed from generation to generation. Our Kid is a quirky storage unit and side table using a title that is intended to make an emotional connection with people, urging them to hang onto it for as long as possible.

Q: What designers (both past and present) are you inspired by?
A: There are so many! I believe past people would include Eero Saarinen and Le Corbousier. I believe they were far ahead of the time. And as for the current, it changes daily! Some of my friends like James Uren and BeBenny do some really cool items. I saw loads of stuff in the London Design Festival that really inspired me also.

But I am most inspired by the things that I see in my travels and throughout the day. Things which you walk past in the road, or the way people behave are all really intriguing. Pieces of architecture, character, and things like this are what really get the cogs turning.

Q: What are some of your favourite new design trends?
A: I am really liking the use of humble materials and procedures. Some of the stuff in the up-cycling scene is really cool as well. I am also currently liking the dip-dyed appearance, and I am considering attempting to use it in a few of my own work.

Q: What are a few of the new favorite product lines?
A: I just watched De la Espada’s display at the London Design Festival that I really liked. I also love Tom Dixon’s Beat Lights along with his Exotic Seats are really cool.

All photographs courtesy of Daniel Schofield Design

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