French Country style is warm, comfortable and easy to live with. And, surprisingly, it works great in an open floor plan. Continue reading
House Beautiful June 2017 regular article Master Class is by Vern Yip.
Vern Yip On Perfect Measurements
“I used to be a premed student and was deep in that world of science and math,” says the Atlanta designer. “I’m still equally left- and right-brained. People often tell me they feel design paralysis, thinking designers are magical unicorns pulling things out of the clouds – we are not! So much of what we do is standardized and logical, especially because most people don’t buy custom furniture. Whether you rent a studio or own a 60,000-square-foot mansion, these rules on dimensions are universal: You can lay out a solid floor plan.”
“The key to keeping them beautiful year-round, says designer Janie Molster, is using materials that stand up to salt air.”
She lists ten points and her second point is “Balmy days need good breezes. Even on the water, fans are porch essentials for good air circulation. Choose damp- or wet-rated ceiling fans in hues that blend with the architecture…”
The May 2017 issue of Coastal Living carried the article Coastal Twenty 1997-2017 What’s Classic Now by Betsy Cribb and Ellen McGauley. In it they say; “The coast has its own elements of style – a library of looks woven through the homes that rise up from the shoreline. Here, we’ve celebrated 20 enduring design ideas that define today’s most beautiful beach houses.” Continue reading
Take time to select exterior lighting that really enhances your home.
From the time you pull up to your home, your exterior lighting sets the tone. Modern or Contemporary to Beach, Rustic or Historic styles, your lighting reflects your personal style and taste.
What style is your home? Coordinate with the architecture.
Or add style and flair with the right lighting.
Fire Farm Mesh Collections; Ariel, Aurora, Cone, Crucible, Flute, Femme Fatale, Hazel, Jak, Little Sis, Mani, Splat, Square, Star and Maypole are innovative lighting that incorporate wire-mesh to create integrally lit light sculptures. Continue reading
Bright Ideas: Professional Lighting Solutions for Your Home by Sharon McFarlane stresses the importance of Ambient Lighting.
Commercial lighting designers use ambient lighting to create the right atmosphere. This books shows how these same techniques can be applied to your home.
From traditional to eclectic, no matter what style you choose, coordinating your metal finishes can make all the difference in pulling a look together.
There are more choices than ever in metal finishes. Brass, bronze, chrome, nickel and stainless in bright polished or matte brushed finish, each sets its own style.
Then there are custom painted finishes to really personalize your look.
House Beautiful’s regular feature The Essentials; Solutions for the Busiest Rooms in the House tackles bathrooms in the February 2017 issue.
The article Renovating: Just Add Water states “Our primer on master-bath renovations has real talk on budgeting, who-knew insights, and a roundup of necessary luxuries.” It ranges from quick tips for a minor face-lift to sound advice for a total revamp. Continue reading