We've Got a Golden Ticket

Can you remember how you felt watching Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory when Charlie opened the Wonka Bar and you saw the glimmering gold ticket? I feel that way in chambers when gold is used at a manner. I feel fancy sitting in an area with delicate touches of golden even when I am not elaborate, which is the majority of the time.

The late American fashion designer Bill Blass, famous for utilizing pattern and texture within a neutral palette, used gold in this manner. In his designs he would utilize an unexpected golden button. In his home he would put a brass fire screen on his hearth that would shimmer with the flames from a neutral palette.

I am not going to say that gold is back, since I don’t think it ever endured. Have a peek at these designers are pulling the gold prize in their own spaces.

J. Hirsch Interior Design

My treasured gold ticket is this powder room with its tasteful gold sink and tap. Now that’s fancy and enjoyable.

For People design

One of my favorite accessories in a while, this gold pachyderm retains its own in this whimsical arrangement.

Charmean Neithart Interiors

I think that the glimmer of this faucet indicates the versatility of gold. Here it is perfectly paired with all the trendy colors of the background and the antiqued mirror. Yes, gold and silver do play nicely together.

Shirley Meisels

Even though this is technically not a metallic gold, the lush gold vibe with this settee is brilliantly positioned one of a variety of shades and textures. If I clarified this room until you could see it, you’d probably say”no method” into its gray walls and hot pink, chartreuse, acrylic and striped rug details — no way would they work together. Way, they can!

Cravotta Interiors

I included this picture simply because it is so over the top. Gold doors embossed with dinosaurs that result in your own personal movie theatre? Why not?

The splash of gold from this pendant is simply enough to set a dramatic tone for this entry, with its own geometric background.


I really like the imperial elegance of the gold-toned frame on this oil painting. This is just plain stunning.

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This elegant area of neutrals is perfectly paired with a splash of gold leaf on the legs of the rocking seat. Along with the amber tones of the lamp put off the hanging cloth in the background.

For People design

I adore this vintage-inspired brass division, particularly when paired with the gold tassel lamps and blush shade of the walls.

What will Veruca Salt, the spoiled girl in Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, say? “Gold splashes! Do not care how; I want it today.”

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Bright, Polished Vermont Cabin

I don’t know a lot about playing poker, but I have been told that a pair of aces is the best starting hand in Texas Hold ‘Em. Architect Joan Heaton was holding the equal of this blessed set — a keen eye for clean, contemporary design and a husband who is a builder — when she started construction with this 800-square-foot cottage in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Heaton’s footprint for the cottage was set because she followed the foundation of a home that was already on the site. “For me personally, this is an chance to try to construct an extremely small and affordable home,” she states. “I needed it to be open however able to sleep up to six individuals.”

The floor plan is really wide open, but subtle design and architectural choices supply a cozy feel to the bedroom, and windows on each side contribute to the sense of a much larger home. “I was motivated somewhat by fancy resorts where all you need is in one space,” Heaton says. By the appearance of this location, her guests will soon be lining up for bookings.

Joan Heaton Architects

Clean, simple furnishings define the most important living space. The Scandinavian-style sofa is fabricated by Softline and was chosen for its trendy practicality: It converts to two twin beds or a king-size one. “Not only do I like the form of the furniture, but it is slipcovered so I will alter the fabric if I select,” says Heaton.

Joan Heaton Architects

The southeastern exposure provides a welcoming glow as you approach the cottage.

Joan Heaton Architects

To provide the bedroom a cozier feel, the ceiling was lost and drywall was used instead of timber. Drapes provide solitude.

Joan Heaton Architects

Heaton attempted to incorporate as many local woods to the design as possible. The ceilings throughout are walnut, the doors are hemlock, and the window and door casings are ash. “The warm tones of the polished concrete floors complement the rest of the endings,” she states.

Joan Heaton Architects

To carry on the perspective but still allow for ventilation, the kitchen sink is centered between 2 different-size windows. The one on the right opens, while the left portion is fixed. The cabinets are cherry, along with the countertop is slate.

Joan Heaton Architects

“I particularly like the window in the shower. You do not feel exposed, but you get to check out the perspective,” Heaton says. A larger window floods the room with light. Its placement was ordered by Heaton’s want to have plenty of counter space and a big mirror. A wall-hung vanity leads to the room’s spacious feel.

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A variety of different-size windows (in the economically priced design window lineup by Marvin) capture light and the perspective. “I needed the windows to work from the outside but relate to the inside space too,” says Heaton. A channel rustic profile was used for its rough-sawn bamboo siding.

Joan Heaton Architects

A deck that wraps around the cottage nearly doubles the living room.

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Attic Bedrooms Turn a Corner

When homeowners begin to feel helpless, they do not instantly consider upgrading to a bigger house. Instead, many are looking for strategies to maximize the space they have. One area that may offer major square footage without even adding on to a house is the attic. In case you have an unfinished attic, consider the potential for turning your unused space into an area.

Not all attics will be suitable for conversion to a living space. Here is what you want to consider. Is the distance easily accessible (are there stairs)? Do you have high enough ceilings for people to walk around comfortably? If the answer to both is yes, call in a contractor to find out if the existing joists can support the weight of a floor and if there are any technical concerns concerning electricity, heating or cooling.

Here are 11 bedrooms under the eaves to inspire one to make on your attic space.

Aquidneck Properties

In this relaxing area by Aquidneck Properties, the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments in an eggshell finish, although the ceiling has been coated in white-painted beadboard, which adds cottage charm.

Sullivan Building & Design Group

Sullivan Building & Design Group made the most of the space using an interior renovation that made a bedroom with built-in beds and book nooks. An multi-colored palette keeps things from looking cluttered.

Birdseye Design

A custom bed with built-in drawers and drawers makes the most of the little space under the eaves. Built-ins and wall-mounted lights are excellent choices in supertight spaces.

A loft conversion doesn’t have to have a country look. This distance by Catalin David demonstrates that an attic bedroom may easily take a contemporary twist. The inclusion of skylights creates the space feel less cramped.

Gast Architects

Follow the guide of Gast Architects and treat sloped ceilings like walls by wallpapering them in a pretty, petite print; here the remedy softens the expression of the angles.

Amy Lau Design

A solid wall colour paired with a crisp, white ceiling and trim accentuates the angle of the roofline within this springlike bedroom. A built-in window seat is a excellent way to make the most of a corner beneath the window in a converted attic space.

Alix Bragg Interior Design

Two twin beds are tucked beneath the eaves of the space, decorated by Alix J. Bragg. To take advantage of the little space, bedside lighting is wall mounted and under-the-bed baskets provide extra storage.

David Howell Design

Do not be afraid to put pattern into a low-ceilinged space. David Howell Design of New York has made this attic bedroom into a cozy retreat with white and black toile wallpaper.

Johnson Berman

Ceiling height wasn’t an issue within this room, in which a canopy and a hanging fixture emphasize the loftiness of the space. This hunting lodge by Johnson Berman was created with reclaimed materials and furnishings to evoke the feel of a rustic yet luxurious 18th-century retreat.

Meredith Heron Design

A headboard echoes the lines of the back in this bedroom that is sweet . An occasional seat takes advantage of a nook created by a dormer window.

Soorikian Architecture

Atlanta’s Soorikian Architecture working with Dovetail Craftsmen cleverly renovated this kids bedroom in an attic. A bed with built-in storage drawers is tucked beneath each eave.

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Sparking Interest with Nonworking Fireplaces

I lived with a stunning but nonworking fireplace for years. It was utterly useless except as a decorative feature, but I loved its mantel and its scrollwork and its existence. Much like”The Dude” in The Big Lebowski famously stated,”It really tied the room together”

It also introduced an interesting design challenge. Decorating the mantel was simple, but what exactly to do with the actual fireplace part? I alternately stuffed it with books and candles, and covered it with a screen-candelabra combo. But first I painted the entire thing classic white. Here are more ideas of what to do with a nonworking fireplace, a space which can really be an advantage.

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Fill it with wabi-sabi decorative logs. They hint in coziness, aren’t too formal and need no more games.

Reynaldo Gonzalez Design

Birch, aspen and chewing gum all have lovely white bark. A symmetrical stack of clips is a style component and a nod toward coziness.


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These felt logs are a true no-mess alternative. They also have a particular handmade design cachet. Plus, they’re just kind of humorous.


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A decorative spark screen could be all you require.

Home & Harmony

Cover it up and then paint it with chalkboard paint. There’s something quite Parisian looking relating to this. Plus it can change with your mood, bearing everything from love notes to to-do lists.

Lauren Liess Interiors

A custom-cut mirror adds measurement and design cred.

Jeanette Lunde

Candles create a sense of warmth and light without the pesky smoke.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

This flat stack of boards is equally”design-y” and plausible. It echoes the flat lines in the rest of the room, and it’s a smart nod to traditional fire stacks.

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

Paint it with an accent color and use it like a nook.

A vertical stack of books is linear and design savvy. You can also pile books in willy-nilly to get a more diverse, natural look. But no publication burning allowed.

A screen serves as a bit of art and also covers the cavernous black hole of an empty fireplace.

Artisan Custom Interiors

You are able to fill a fireplace with knickknacks. Here they used cubes, but there’s not any reason this couldn’t be a screen spot for all sorts of collections. A vintage typewriter lived in ours for some time.

Melissa Lenox Design

And you can always simply block off the fireplace with wood or sheetrock, maintaining the mantel as a focal point and design component.

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Kitchen of the Week: Warm and Modern in Maryland

The kitchen is regarded as the core of the home, which feels even more true for bustling families. This family of four loves to play host to children and adults within their own neighborhood. “They’re fun, young and love to cook,” says designer Nadia Suburan of the customers. “Their house is definitely hangout central from the area.” But their previous kitchen made it difficult to let everyone remain in precisely the same area.

Together with Fox Architects, Suburan and Aidan Design reconfigured this Maryland kitchen into a warm and open area with a large arched ceiling lined with wood. An eat-in breakfast nook, a butler’s pantry, a desk and a food pantry allow for things to be tucked away, while providing plenty of room for a significant family’s odds and ends. “It pushes modern, but is not so ultramodern that it does not feel warm and comfy,” says Suburan.

Aidan Design

Suburan installed an 11-foot-long island for prep work, eating and doing homework. The beautiful barrel-topped ceiling has been installed within this addition that raised the ceilings. The original kitchen had ceilings which were only 8 ft high, but the family wanted a more open area. So they were increased to over 10 ft, and beautiful paneled fir was added to warm it up. The higher ceilings allow the customers to enjoy the entire view of the stunning woods beyond their dwelling.

Pendants: Thomasville
Countertop: New Cambria Black Granite, White Princess Quartzite
Flooring: oak

Aidan Design

To maintain the kitchen feeling open, Suburan maintained the perimeter of this room as much light as possible and refrained from installing an excessive amount of upper cabinetry. The double-thick quartzite countertop on the island offer a stunning contrast to the darker cherry island. Although the customers wanted light chimney, they opted for a darker wood on the staircase. The dark stain will wear well, and it is particularly important on this particular remodeled island, where children are certain to kick the wood. Large drawer brings prevent sticky fingerprints out of appearing on cabinets.

Sink: Franke
Faucet: Blanco
Oven: Wolf 30-inch E collection

Aidan Design

Two adjacent spaces on both sides of the main kitchen area enabled Suburan to keep the kitchen open while still providing plenty of storage. A butler’s pantry and food pantry shop canned goods, drinks and serving pieces.

The remaining part of the kitchen has been filled up with base cabinets, all especially designed and organized to hold pots, pans and other dishes. Suburan oversize the hood left room for the tile backsplash to go all of the way up into the ceiling — a technique that mechanically draws the eye up and provides the illusion of a higher ceiling.

Backplash: glass subway tile, Best Tile
Range: Wolf 36-inch
Hood: Zephyr

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A convenient breakfast nook with a stunning view of the outdoors has been tucked into the far end of the kitchen. A custom seat seat was upholstered in a wipeable vinyl for simple cleaning after messy meals. Since the kitchen is situated in the middle rear of the house near other main living spaces, Suburan considered traffic flow. The kitchen island has been pulled in to create a galleylike design and boost circulation, and to direct visitors between the island and the breakfast seat.

Table and chairs: Saloom Furniture Company

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DIY Project: Artful Scrap-Wood Bench

About a month ago I was wandering through my inspiration folder and came across a photograph of a timber floor that I’ve had stored for a few years now. It is not too often that a photograph speaks to me for such a length of time, but this one was different. It was a photograph of a flooring laid out into a quilt of mismatched timber, all of which seemed to be salvaged from several resources. From the moment I saw it, I wanted something similar.

The dilemma is that flooring is not very high on my list of priorities at this time, since there are a whole lot of other things that require attention. We’ve got this odd recess in our dining room which has bugged me since we moved in, but I still have not had the spare cash to spend on a remedy.

And suddenly it dawned on me. I had all these tiny pieces of wood sprinkled throughout my own garage and studio which I didn’t have a clue what to do together, and that I really could use them to make a bench resembling the timber flooring I was later.

And because the bits were imperfect, my bench could be imperfect, since let’s face it I am not a woodworker. Low anxiety, low cost, high impact. Perfect.

Erin Lang Norris

When all was said and done, this is what the bench ended up seeming like. It’s not quite completed yet, but it is close enough for now.

This thing is megaheavy, like 64 pounds thick, and hauling it across the cellar, around four corners and up the staircase was a massive success for me, but I was determined to have it wrapped in its new area before my husband got home. Therefore, in the event that you make something like this, plan to conquer a similar endeavor.

The dimensions are approximately 82 inches long, 22 inches deep and 19 inches high. I utilized materials I had available for the entire thing, with the exception of one 4-by-4 and yet another 2-by-4.

Erin Lang Norris

When I came up with the idea to produce this bench, I could not resist the urge to rummage through all the timber I have been collecting over the past few years. Everything from vintage signs and pop crates to private artwork pieces which didn’t make the cut soon formed a towering stack of multicolored wood on my living room floor.

Erin Lang Norris

Like most of the projects I do, my goal was to spend as little money as possible. I was thrilled to find a few 2-by-4s from the stash of timber in my cellar. I used a circular saw to cut them to size and then screwed them together to produce the frame.

Erin Lang Norris

I was not worried about the way in which the wood looked because eventually it would be covered anyway. I laid my arbitrary pieces of plywood down underneath the framework and tracked along the outer edge with a pencil, suggesting where to cutback. I discovered this easier than measuring because I was using numerous pieces of plywood. When everything was cut, I secured the timber with nails.

Erin Lang Norris

Once the framework was built, I started laying out the scraps of timber to get an notion of how much more I would need. I made a decision to shape long, straight lines instead of randomly matching pieces together, which appeared to work out fairly nicely.

Erin Lang Norris

Taking a break from the fun area, it was time to lower the legs. I used 4-by-4s that I cut with a circular saw about 18 inches in length, then screwed them to the framework.

You’ll be able to observe that there is an opening with no plywood, which I later turned into a secret compartment. Nothing is complete without an added element of fun.

Erin Lang Norris

Here’s a picture after I inserted the thighs one late night in my cellar. As you can see, I kept all the pieces lined up on the floor to make it easier to reassemble. Once it was time to begin attaching the pieces to the framework, I used black finishing nails to keep everything in place.

Erin Lang Norris

Here’s a close-up of those top after things were secured. I was happy to use up a great deal of old artwork bits that I’ve had laying around, but I did not have quite enough timber ready to go. I must pull out my paint and block-printing supplies during construction. The Suffolk Sheep signal came from an auction, and the Celo piece came from a classic soda crate. The rest of the wood bits in this view are my own creations.

Erin Lang Norris

Here is another view of this very best. I used white and black spray paint together with a ribbon stencil onto a lot of the bits to add visual interest and to help everything feel much more cohesive.

Erin Lang Norris

I ended the edge of this frame with vintage yardsticks. A few of them I had available, and a few were given to me by a friend. My favorite is that this blue one.

Erin Lang Norris

Here is the compartment I created. I thought it made a good home for all the tiny toys I have collected through the years.

I also kept a few pieces of wood unattached so they can be lifted off the top. Underneath the bits are funny comics and photographs.

Erin Lang Norris

And it is finished! Here is the completed bench snuggled to its new home. I have not decided what color I would like to paint the legs yet, so for now I am just going to leave them as is. I am guessing they’ll probably wind up being a vibrant shade of yellow or blue, but I will most likely change my mind again before I buy the next form of paint.

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